When the Kootenay Ice released their training camp roster earlier this week, there was an intriguing name buried in there. That was 1999-born forward Sebastian Streu. He is listed online as being from Neuwied, Germany, but is in camp with Kootenay, despite not being drafted in the CHL Import Draft. The ICE put him on their training camp roster as being from Belmont, Manitoba.
Sebastian’s Father: Craig Streu played at the University of Manitoba from 1989-1992. Both Streus are listed on eliteprospects.com as having dual Canadian-German citizenship.
According to the WHL’s Hockey Operations department Streu is not considered an import and thus was not subject to the import draft. Any WHL team could then list him. The inverse standings were utilized and since they had the league’s worst record in 2016-17, the ICE got the first chance to list him.
Streu could be a nice addition, should he sign with the ICE as he has been productive while playing for the EC Salzburg program.
With Swiss forward Gillian Kohler and Slovakian d-man Martin Bodak already signing, the ICE could end up with three players who played overseas last year on their roster through some fortunate circumstances. Considering just last year, the ICE struggled in bringing the top pick in the import draft, this is a strong sign that they are turning themselves into a desirable location under their new ownership.