The 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft was held today (Thurs) in Calgary, Alberta with number of local players selected.
Four Yorkton Xerox Terriers (SBAAHL) were selected in this years draft.
First off the board was Yorkton Xerox Terrier forward Ryder Korczak who was selected in the second round, 29th overall by the Calgary Hitmen.
“It’s unreal to get drafted 29th by the Calgary Hitmen, you just kind of keep refreshing the computer and then when your name pops up and you start yelling cause you’re so excited”, said an exciting Korczak in phone interview moments after he got drafted.
The Yorkton product had 27 goals, 56 assists for 83 points in 30 regular season games to put him in 3rd for league scoring in the Sask. Bantam AA Hockey league.
Meanwhile just 15 picks later, Korczak’s teammate Jackson Berezowski was picked up with 44th pick by the Everett Silvertips.
Berezowski led the Saskatchewan Bantam AA league in scoring this past season with 41 goals, 46 assists for 87 points in 30 games.
Berezowski talked about his new WHL home in a phone chat shortly after his selection, “Don’t know too much about them right now, but there a pretty good team, good organization and great city”
Then forward Massen Ziola, went in the 7th round 145th overall to the Swift Current Broncos and finally defenceman Austin Dycer went 175th overall to the Medicine Hat Tigers
Ziola had 55 points in 27 games this past season while Dycer had 10 goals & 28 points in 29 games
Also Wadena’s Brett Fogg was selected in 5th round, 91st overall to the Kootenay Ice and and Wynyard’s Kalen Ukrainetz of the Humboldt AA Broncos was picked up in the 9th round and the 196th pick by the Everett Silvertips
Across the border in Manitoba and also selected in the 2nd round was Roblin, Manitoba’s Jakob Brook.
Brook, who played with the Rink Hockey Academy in Winnipeg this past year had 20 goals & 32 points in 27 games.
Also Birtle, MB’s Brody Wilson of the Yellowhead Chiefs was selected with the 199th overall pick by the Kelowna Rockets.
Chat with Ryder Korczak
Chat with Jackson Berezowski