The busy month of June continued Wednesday for 67’s General Manager James Boyd and Vice-President of Hockey Operations and Head Coach André Tourigny with the 2017 CHL Import Player Draft. The Barber Poles drafted a pair of players – Russian defenceman Nikita Okhotyuk and Danish winger Oliver True.
With their first round pick, the 67’s selected 6-foot-1 defenceman Nikita Okhotyuk out of Chelyabinsk, Russia. He featured for the Russians at the U17 and U18 levels in 2016-17 when not playing for Chelyabinsk Belye Medvedi.
“Nikita Okhotyuk is a smooth skating defenceman with excellent puck skills. His late 2000 birthday will complement our existing corps of young defencemen for years to come,” said General Manager James Boyd. “His experience at the World U-17 Challenge and the World Junior A Challenge will help Nikita to acclimatize to the pace of play in the OHL.”
While several CHL hockey club’s passed on a second pick, the 67’s drafted Danish winger Oliver True with their second round selection. The native of Rungsted, Denmark is coming off his first professional season in his native Denmark.
“Oliver True is a right-winger with excellent skill. With a year of professional hockey under his belt in Denmark during 2016-2017 season, Oliver has experience against older and stronger players,” commented Boyd. “His brother played for WHL Champions Seattle Thunderbirds during 2016-2017.”
Name: Nikita Okhotyuk
Position: Defenceman (LD)
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia
DOB: December 4, 2000
Weight: 181 lbs
Name: Oliver True
Position: Right Wing
Birthplace: Rungsted, Denmark
DOB: May 4, 2000
Weight: 143 lbs
The 67’s open their 50th Anniversary Season on September 21 in Barrie, with their home opener set for Sunday, September 24 against the reigning OHL Champions, the Erie Otters. The 67’s are planning several special game nights in celebration of the team’s 50th Anniversary Season. Details will be announced leading up to training camp.
Season tickets for the 67’s 50th Anniversary Season are on sale now here, by calling 613.232.6767 X1 Option 2, or in person at The Box Office at TD Place. Season Ticket Packages start as low as $325 – less than $10 per game.