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|
From Prince George
|Brook, Jakob||RW||6.02||154||03/15/2002||Rink H.A. Nationals Bantam Prep||Roblin, MB|
|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|
|Ritchie, Nolan||C||5.06.5||137||05/27/2002||Brandon Wheat Kings B1AAA||Brandon, MB|
|Herman, Evan||C||5.08||134||03/22/2002||Rink H.A. Nationals Bantam Prep||Oakville, MB|
|Thiessen, Levi||C||5.11.5||150||01/21/2002||Winnipeg Hawks B1AAA||Winnipeg, MB|
From Red Deer
|Belton, Reese||C/RW||6.00.5||154||04/09/2002||Winnipeg Monarchs B1AAA||Winnipeg, MB|
|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|
|Toth, Evan||LD||6.00.5||167||06/13/2002||Winnipeg Monarchs B1AAA||Winnipeg, MB|
|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|
|Roberts, Landon||C/LW||6.00.5||169||05/27/2002||Southwest Cougars B1AAA||Souris, MB|
|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|
|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|
|Wilson, Brody||C||5.11.5||154||02/27/2002||Yellowhead Chiefs B1AAA||Birtle, MB|
|Loney, Carter||C/RW||5.07||126||08/02/2002||Rink H.A. Nationals Bantam Prep||Winnipeg, MB|
|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.