On Wednesday it was announced that Manitoba’s newest Western Hockey League team had locked down both of its import selections for the coming season, or more. On June 27th the Winnipeg-based WHL team chose Teply fourth overall in the import draft, while Kinder was selected 64th overall in the second round of the three-league dispersal.
Teply, 18, was selected 105th overall in the fourth round of the NHL Entry Draft this past June by the Chicago Blackhawks. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound winger from Czech Republic spent the past three seasons playing on various different international Czech squads.
Teply suited up in 23 games for HC Benatky nad Jizerou in the Czech2 league during the 2018-2019 regular season, scoring four goals and 10 points in the process. He also played in the 2018 IIHF U-18 World Championship this past April, collecting three assists in five tournament games. Teply has been a participant at the Gretzky-Hlinka Cup, as well as the World Junior A Challenge. In 25 games for the Czech U-18 team, Teply had nine goals and 29 total points.
Kinder – an 18-year-old product of Berlin, Germany – recently attended the Los Angeles Kings’ Development Camp, after going undrafted in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He scored 17 goals and 41 points in 33 games for Eisbaren Juniors Berlin U20 of the Deutsche Nachwuchs Liga U-20 last season. Kinder also dressed for five games at the 2019 IIHF World U-18 Hockey Challenge this past spring, putting up three goals and nine points in the process.
Winnipeg ICE training camp will get underway in late August from Manitoba’s capital, in preparation for the 2019-20 WHL season. The ICE kick off the preseason with back-to-back games against their new provincial rival Brandon Wheat Kings on September 6th and 7th, before opening the regular season in Brandon on the 20th in the first game of a home-and-home.