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Three Chiefs Selected in NHL Draft

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Three Spokane Chiefs heard their names called today in the NHL Entry Draft as Brenden Kichton was selected by the New York Islanders and Dominik Uher by the Pittsburgh Penguins, both in the fifth round, and Darren Kramer by the Ottawa Senators in the sixth round.

Kichton enjoyed a breakout season this past year as he tied for the league lead in scoring amongst defensmen with 23 goals and 81 points, a 62 point increase from the year before.  He was named the Chiefs' John "Hitman" Hern Defenseman of the Year and a WHL 2nd Team All-Star .  Originally a fourth round pick by the Chiefs in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft, Kichton has played 191 games in a Spokane sweater.

In his second season as a Chief, Uher scored 21 goals, 39 assists and 60 points in 65 games.  The native of Ostvava, CZE was Spokane's first round selection in the 2009 CHL Import Draft.  Uher registered 15 multiple point games, including a career high four points, three goals and an assist, in a 10-5 win over Kamloops on December 11th, 2010.  He also had a 10 game point scoring streak from January 7th through the 23rd where he had six goals and 17 points. 

"The family was watching the TV downstairs but I couldn't take the pressure," Kramer said.   "I went upstairs to the computer  and it was a little behind so I learned I was drafted by everyone screaming downstairs, but I needed to believe it with my own eyes. "

Kramer is the second Chief in three seasons to be selected by the Senators joining defenseman Jared Cowen, who was their first round pick in 2009.

"It is amazing to go to Ottawa, and to be there with our captain Jared Cowen. I'm really looking forward to joining their organization."

Kramer, who was started the season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with Peace River, was listed by Spokane in October, 2010 and made an immediate impact by scoring a goal in his first game, a win at Kamloops.  He also registered the first five of his league leading 306 penalty minutes. 

"I didn't know where I was going to play at the start of my 19-year-old year.  I can't thank the Chiefs' organization enough and it worked out for the best for both of us," Kramer said.  "This is a great accomplishment and all the hard work has paid off at the end of the day."

Kramer scored seven goals and 14 points in 68 regular season games and scored an additional five goals and eight points in 17 playoff games.  Kramer will get his first experience with the Senators when he flies out on Monday for their prospect's camp.

"I have been in the gym pretty consistently ever since I got back from holidays in case this opportunity presented itself," he said.

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