The Portland Winterhawks are pleased to announce the signing of Canadian Hockey League Import Draft selections Simon Knak and Jonas Brøndberg to Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreements.
Both players are set to attend the Winterhawks’ training camp in late August.
Knak, a 6-foot-0, 185-pound forward from Switzerland is already being recognized as a top-end prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft as he put up 25 points (14G-11A) in 37 games as a 17-year-old playing in the Under-20 league. The right winger captained the Swiss Under-18 team and he competed in the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup as an underage forward, scoring twice in four tournament games. He was named a Top-3 Player for Switzerland during the tournament and was selected 40th overall in the 2019 CHL Import Draft by Portland.
The Winterhawks historically have had success with players from Switzerland thanks to forwards like Sven Bärtschi (Bern, SUI), Nino Niederreiter (Chur, SUI), and defenceman Luca Sbisa (Zug, SUI).
Brøndberg, a 6-foot-4, 183-pound defenceman captained the Danish Under-18 team and captured a bronze medal this past season at the IIHF Division 1 Group A World Junior Championship. The defenceman led his team with three assists in five tournament games. Playing for the Växjö Lakers Under-18 and Under-20 teams this past season, Brøndberg tallied 10 points (3G-7A) in 49 games.
He spent the majority of the year playing up in the older age bracket and was selected in the second round, 100th overall, by the Winterhawks in the 2019 CHL Import Draft.
The Winterhawks have also done an exceptional job at scouting Danes over the years, including Joachim Blichfeld and Oliver Bjorkstrand, both of whom are recipients of the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as WHL Player of the Year.