***WINTERHAWKS TRADE 1ST OVERALL PICK TO MOOSE JAW***
Moose Jaw Warriors select Quinton Howden with the 1st overall pick in the WHL Bantam draft. Howden, from Oak Bank Manitoba was regarded as one of the best players available but not the a clear-cut choice for number one.
Wow, apparently the Hawks couldn't get a commitmment from Luke Moffat (as reported on Keen's Korner a week ago) despite others saying he was headed to Stumptown.
More details to come..........
****UPDATE - KELOWNA SELECTS MOFFAT WITH 2ND OVERALL PICK****
Kelowna gets the Arizona hockey product highly regarded as the best player available. Regan should be happy in K-town. Didn't see that coming did you Regs?
****The Swift Current Broncos have selected Christian Magnus of Saskatoon with the 9th overall pick.******
This from the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix newspaper on Magnus:
Magnus scored 32 goals in 26 league games for the Saskatoon Bandits, then added another 27 in 18 tournament contests. He's skilled and a very clean player, scouts say. Without him, his team may not have won more than two games, one hockey official speculated.
Magnus, who will play with the Saskatoon Blazers next year, says a lot of teams have talked to him. "So I hope that's a good thing." They want to know whether he will play in the WHL if drafted or what his school marks are (Magnus has an 82 per cent average).
"I'll go anywhere," the five-foot-11 Magnus says, but admitted his favourite team might be the Saskatoon Blades because it is his hometown and he goes to a lot of the games.
2nd Round - The Broncos select Regina 5'9 165 pound defenseman Taylor Ernst. "Taylor is an offensive defenseman that handles the puck very well,” commented Broncos Head Scout/Director of Player Personnel Jamie Porter. “He is a power play type defenseman that has a good intelligence of the game.”
3rd round - pick traded to Vancouver last season
4th round - The Broncos have selected left-winger Dane Muench from Martensville. No comment from team yet on him but if he's the same Muench that was burning up the ice in Swift Current this winter then he's a great pick. The game I remember he was everywhere. Not sure if it's the same player though, I'll have to confirm.
4th round - pick acquired from Spokane - The Broncos select Winnipeg center Michael Hay.
***Broncos Select Zach Habscheid***
The Broncos used their 9th round selection to take Zach Habscheid....yes, he's the son of who you're thinking of...Marc's son. Habscheid spent the year with the family just outside of Boston. Of course many already know that Marc is an Associate Coach with the Boston Bruins.
A complete list of all the Bronco selections is available at www.scbroncos.com
Just one Swift Current draft pick today - Luke Barry, 7th round, Tri-City Americans.
Congratulations to graduating Bronco goaltender Kyle Moir. He was named the WHL's Humanitarian Player of the Year yesterday at the Awards Luncheon.
Here's the press release:
The Swift Current Broncos are proud to announce that 5 year goaltender Kyle Moir has won the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy as the Western Hockey Leagues Humanitarian of the Year for the 2006/07 season.
Moir won the award after appearing in a Canadian Hockey League record 233 career games played in a Broncos uniform and is also the new record holder for minutes played by a Canadian Hockey League goaltender. Moir was heavily involved in the Prairie Post Reading Program during his tenure with the Broncos and also spent countless hours around the entire Southwest, SK community with various other programs.
“Kyle did an extraordinary job for the hockey club during his time with the Broncos and is very deserving of this award,” commented Broncos Director of Public Relations and Game Day Operations Brad Boutilier. “Kyle was a big help with all of our player appearances over the course of the year and it is nice to see him recognized on a Western Hockey League level for all of the efforts he has put in during his five years with the team. He did a tremendous job to always represent the organization in a positive manner and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Here's a rundown of all the award winners around the WHL:
WHL Player of the Year - Four Broncos Memorial Trophy
Kris Russell (Caroline, AB), Medicine Hat Tigers
WHL Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
Kyle Beach (Kelowna, BC), Everett Silvertips
WHL Goaltender of the Year - Del Wilson Trophy
Carey Price (Williams Lake, BC), Tri-City Americans
WHL Defenceman of the Year - Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy
Kris Russell (Caroline, AB), Medicine Hat Tigers
WHL Scholastic Player of the Year - Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy
Keith Aulie (Rouleau, SK), Brandon Wheat Kings
WHL Scholastic Team of the Year
WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year - Brad Hornung Trophy
Aaron Gagnon (Armstrong, BC), Seattle Thunderbirds
WHL Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
Cory Clouston (Viking, AB), Kootenay Ice
WHL Executive of the Year - Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
Bob Tory (Edmonton, AB), Tri-City Americans
WHL Marketing & Communications Award
Bruce Vance, Prince Albert Raiders Marketing
WHL Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy
Zach Hamill (Port Coquitlam, BC), Everett Silvertips
WHL Top Official - Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy
WHL Regular Season Champions - Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy
One other quick note.... another former Broncos defenseman is moving on to pro hockey: Mike Busto signs with the Rangers! Apparently up to five NHL teams were interested in the free-agent d-man that both Moose Jaw and Swift Current didn't have room for.
Here's the Rangers press release:
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed free agent defenseman Michael Busto.Busto, 20, skated in 70 games with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season, registering 20 goals and 43 assists for 63 points, along with 79 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating.
The First Team WHL All-Star led the Kootenay defensive corps in goals (20), assists (43) and points (63), while his 63 points ranked third among all WHL defensemen.
In the postseason, he collected three points (one goal and two assists) and nine penalty minutes in six games with the Ice.The 6-2, 210-pound defenseman has skated in 331 career WHL games with the Kootenay Ice, Swift Current Broncos and Moose Jaw Warriors, recording 41 goals and 100 assists for 141 points, along with 371 penalty minutes.