A total of 50 BC players were selected in the 2016 edition of the annual WHL bantam draft, held in Calgary, May 5.
Winterclubs and hockey academies placed the great majority of players this year.
In the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, 2001 born players were eligible to be selected. The WHL territory includes British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, as well as Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Burnaby Winter Club, which won this year’s Western Canadian Bantam Championship, had a record nine players selected, including two first rounders and one, Isaac Alvarado, from the bantam A2 team.
|R2||34||Medicine Hat||Henrik Rybinski||F||BC||BWC||Vancouver|
|R5||106||Moose Jaw||Joshua O’Keefe||LW||BC||BWC||Burnaby|
|R6||122||Moose Jaw||Alek Sukunda||D||BC||BWC||Burnaby|
|R7||135||Saskatoon||Ryan Denney||F||BC||BWC||Ridge Meadows|
|R7||154||Victoria||Isaac Alvarado||LW||BC||BWC||West Vancouver|
Yale Hockey Academy placed ten BC players, including the first BC pick, Josh Williams. Yale finished first in the Bantam Prep division of the Canadian Sports School League, and won the championship title after downing Delta 4-3 in the semi, and OHA 4-1 in the final. Yale also won the prestigious John Reid Memorial Tournament in St. Albert, in their first appearance, again edging Delta Academy in the final.
In addition, Yale placed two non-BC players, Rhett Rhinehart (#13, Lloydminster, Prince Albert Raiders), and Harrison Blaisdell (#31, Regina, Vancouver Giants), for a total of 12.
|1||5||Medicine Hat||Josh Williams||RW||BC||Yale HA||Langley|
|1||16||Calgary||Jackson Van de Leest||LD||BC||Yale HA||Kelowna|
|3||62||Seattle||Alex Swetlikoff||F||BC||Yale HA||Kelowna|
|3||65||Moose Jaw||Austin Herron||RD||BC||Yale HA||Abbotsford|
|5||99||Lethbridge||Alex Cotton||RD||BC||Yale HA||Langley|
|8||160||Spokane||Ethan Leyh||F||BC||Yale HA||Anmore|
|8||169||Kamloops||Blake Wood||G||BC||Yale HA||Nanaimo|
|9||192||Calgary||Alex Rolfe||G||BC||Yale HA||Langley|
|10||229||Portland||Holden Kodak||F||BC||Yale HA||Cloverdale|
Delta Hockey Academy also placed 10 BC players. Delta finished second in the regular season of the Canadian Sports School Hockey League, with a 17-7-1 record. They lost a thrilling 4-3 semi in the CSSHL finals, to eventual winner Yale.
In addition to the BC players, Delta also placed two US players, Lukas Svjekovsky (#36, Point Roberts, WA) and Nicholas Kent (#147, Ladera Ranch, CA).
|1||19||Lethbridge||Dylan Cozens||F||BC||Delta HA||Whitehorse|
|3||63||Medicine Hat||Jalen Price||F||BC||Delta HA||Delta|
|3||64||Kelowna||Roman Basran||G||BC||Delta HA||Delta|
|4||80||Edmonton||Boston Bilous||G||BC||Delta HA||Langley|
|4||88||Victoria||Tyus Gent||C||BC||Delta HA||Delta|
|5||98||Prince George||Keegan Craik||F||BC||Delta HA||Brentwood Bay|
|6||113||Vancouver||Aidan Barfoot||F||BC||Delta HA||Richmond|
|7||138||Medicine Hat||Corson Hopwo||C||BC||Delta HA||Duncan|
|9||181||Edmonton||Ben Wozney||LD||BC||Delta HA||Richmond|
|10||208||Prince George||Butch Laroue||LD||BC||Delta HA||Semiahmoo|
North Shore Winter Club placed seven in the draft. The Winterhawks finished second to BWC in the PCAHA regular season and were also runners up to the Bruins in the BC Championships.
North Shore won the previous three BC Championships, and the two previous Westerns.
|2||23||Kootenay||Jesse Makaj||G||BC||NSWC||North Vancouver|
|3||66||Seattle||Layton Ahac||LD||BC||NSWC||North Vancouver|
|4||84||Kamloops||Jimmy Darby||RD||BC||NSWC||North Vancouver|
|7||145||Prince George||Zachary Bolton||F||BC||NSWC||North Vancouver|
|9||198||Saskatoon||Logan Doust||C||BC||NSWC||North Vancouver|
|10||202||Kelowna||Jayden Lee||D||BC||NSWC||North Vancouver|
Players from three other hockey academies were selected:
|2||29||Tri-City||Mitchell Brown||RD||BC||Okanagan Hockey Academy||Salmon Arm|
|8||165||Regina||Logan Nijhoff||F||BC||Okanagan Hockey Academy||Comox Valley|
|10||216||Seattle||Cole Schwebius||G||BC||Okanagan Hockey Academy||Kelowna|
|10||219||Brandon||Timber Lewis||D||BC||Okanagan Hockey Academy||Terrace|
|8||155||Kootenay||Cody Shepheard||RW||BC||Shawnigan Lake HA||Qualicum Beach|
|1||17||Swift Current||Jacson Alexander||LD||BC||Shawnigan Lake HA||Victoria|
|4||70||Kootenay||Kabore Dunn||D||BC||Shawnigan Lake HA||Mill Bay|
|3||61||Swift Current||Connor Horning||RD||BC||Pursuit of Excellence||Kelowna|
|4||71||Swift Current||Nolan Corrado||C||BC||Pursuit of Excellence||Campbell River|
Minor hockey association picks came from Campbell River Tyees, Fort St. John Flyers, Prince George Cougars, Kelowna Rockets and Kamloops Lions. The Tyees were the BC Hockey Tier 2 provincial champs. River Fahey scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 final over Vernon Vipers.
|R4||74||Red Deer||River Fahey||F||BC||Campbell River Tyees MHA||Campbell River|
|R9||191||Kamloops||Matthew Ubriaco||LD||BC||Campbell River Tyees MHA||Campbell River|
|R7||133||Portland||Connor Bowie||F||BC||Fort St. John Flyers MHA||Fort St. John|
|R9||196||Tri-City||Xavier Cannon||G||BC||Kamloops Lions MHA||Kamloops|
|R5||94||Medicine Hat||Kaleb McEachern||G||BC||Kelowna Rockets MHA||Penticton|
|R9||177||Kootenay||Colton Kitchen||LD||BC||Prince George Cougars MHA||Prince George|