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26 MANITOBANS CHOSEN IN WHL DRAFT

Calgary, AB. – A total of 26 Manitobans were chosen in Thursday’s Western Hockey League Bantam Draft in Calgary.

Leading the way were first rounders Seth Jarvis of Winnipeg and Dameon Hunt of Brandon. While Jarvis was chosen by Portland 11th overall, Hunt was taken by Moose Jaw with the fifteenth overall selection.

The Brandon Wheat Kings wound up drafting four Manitobans, including center Nolan Ritchie of the Brandon AAA Bantams. Ritchie, who went in the third round (56th overall) was one of three members of the bantam Wheat Kings to be chosen, joining Hunt and forward Calder Anderson, who was chosen by the Warriors.

Other Manitobans selected by Brandon included defenceman Anthony Kehrer of Winnipeg (2nd round; 30th overall), Winnipeg’s Braden Fisher (7th round; 140th overall) and forward William Highet (8th round; 171st overall).

While Highet and Fisher spent this past season with the Winnipeg AAA Monarchs, Kehrer was a member of the Rink Hockey Academy Nationals.

The WHL bantam draft is the first opportunity for WHL clubs to replenish their systems with graduating bantam-aged players.

Following is a complete list of Manitobans chosen Thursday:

 

1 11 Portland Jarvis, Seth C 5.08.5 148 02/01/2002 Rink H.A. Nationals Bantam Prep Winnipeg, MB
1 15 Moose Jaw Hunt, Dameon LD 6.00.5 190 05/15/2002 AAA Wheat Kings B1AAA Brandon, MB
2 30 Brandon Kehrer, Anthony LD 5.11 184 03/04/2002 Rink H.A. Nationals Bantam Prep Winnipeg, MB
2 40 Prince Albert

From Prince George

Brook, Jakob RW 6.02 154 03/15/2002 Rink H.A. Nationals Bantam Prep Roblin, MB
3 49 Everett

From Saskatoon

Hinds, Nathanael C 5.10 151 03/20/2002 Winnipeg Warriors B1AAA Winnipeg, MB
3 54 Victoria Thorpe, Ty C 5.10.5 149 01/27/2002 Rink H.A. Nationals Bantam Prep Brandon, MB
3 56 Brandon

From Tri-City

Ritchie, Nolan C 5.06.5 137 05/27/2002 Brandon Wheat Kings B1AAA Brandon, MB
3 64 Prince Albert

From Everett

Herman, Evan C 5.08 134 03/22/2002 Rink H.A. Nationals Bantam Prep Oakville, MB
5 90 Moose Jaw

From Vancouver

Thiessen, Levi C 5.11.5 150 01/21/2002 Winnipeg Hawks B1AAA Winnipeg, MB
5 97 Kamloops

From Red Deer

Belton, Reese C/RW 6.00.5 154 04/09/2002 Winnipeg Monarchs B1AAA Winnipeg, MB
5 98 Moose Jaw

From Victoria

King, Cory RD 5.09.5 150 04/26/2002 Southwest Cougars B1AAA Souris, MB
5 99 Portland Giannuzzi, Dante G 5.07 140 09/03/2002 Rink H.A. Nationals Bantam Prep Winnipeg, MB
6 112 Calgary

From Vancouver

Toth, Evan LD 6.00.5 167 06/13/2002 Winnipeg Monarchs B1AAA Winnipeg, MB
6 114 Tri-City

From Edmonton

Swan, Sequoia C 5.09.5 174 03/04/2002 Rink H.A. Nationals Bantam Prep Winnipeg, MB
6 121 Portland Kozak, Tyson C 5.07 133 12/29/2002 Southwest Cougars B1AAA Souris, MB
6 127 Kelowna Poole, Jake RW 6.00 175 06/24/2002 Yellowhead Chiefs B1AAA McAuley, MB
6 129 Tri-City

From Seattle

Roberts, Landon C/LW 6.00.5 169 05/27/2002 Southwest Cougars B1AAA Souris, MB
7 134 Moose Jaw

From Vancouver

Anderson, Calder C 5.08 146 04/15/2002 Brandon Wheat Kings B1AAA Brandon, MB
7 140 Brandon Fischer, Braden LW 5.06 130 10/02/2002 Winnipeg Monarchs B1AAA Winnipeg, MB
8 161 Calgary Benedictson, Luc F 6.02 175 05/24/2002 Winnipeg Monarchs B1AAA Winnipeg, MB
8 171 Brandon

From Kelowna

Highet, William F 5.11 152 04/23/2002 Winnipeg Warriors B1AAA Winnipeg, MB
8 176 Regina McColm, Ethan LD 6.01 147 07/24/2002 Eastman Selects B1AAA Oakbank, MB
9 181 Saskatoon Lamoureux, Kyle LD 5.10.5 134 04/30/2002 Winnipeg Warriors B1AAA Winnipeg, MB
10 199 Kelowna

From Kootenay

Wilson, Brody C 5.11.5 154 02/27/2002 Yellowhead Chiefs B1AAA Birtle, MB
10 202 Victoria

From Edmonton

Loney, Carter C/RW 5.07 126 08/02/2002 Rink H.A. Nationals Bantam Prep Winnipeg, MB
10 206 Saskatoon

From Brandon

Veitch, Zachary RD 6.03.5 181 09/28/2002 Yellowhead Chiefs B1AAA Rivers, MB

 

Now that the WHL Bantam Draft is complete, the Wheat Kings will begin preparations for this year’s spring camp, scheduled for later this month at Westman Communications Group Place.

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