Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sting Choose Zacha 1st Overall in CHL Import Draft, but Czech Centre May Not Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sting Choose Zacha 1st Overall in CHL Import Draft, but Czech Centre May Not Report

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Top pick in CHL import draft may not report

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TORONTO - The Sarnia Sting chose Czech centre Pavel Zacha first overall in the Canadian Hockey League import draft Wednesday, but they may never see him put on their uniform.

The 17-year-old had four goals and four assists in 38 games for Liberec in the Czech pro league this past season. Zacha had three goals and two assists in seven games at the world men's under-18 championship in April when the Czech Republic took the silver medal.

But Zacha's agent, Allan Walsh, said on Twitter that Zacha is under contract to a professional team in his home country and is not interested to playing in the OHL.

"Sarnia just wasted the #1 overall pick in the CHL Import Draft on a player who's not coming and has a professional contract. #RookieGM," Walsh posted on Twitter.

Zacha, a six-foot-two, 200-pound forward, is eligible for the 2015 NHL entry draft.

The Sherbrooke Phoenix selected Russian left-winger Vladislav Kamenev with the second pick and the Lethbridge Hurricanes drafted Russian winger Nikita Milekhin at No. …

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