Hitmen Make 10 Picks In The 2018 WHL Bantam Draft
The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club selected 10 players including five forwards, four defencemen and one goalie in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft held today in Red Deer, AB.
The Hitmen drafted forward Sean Tschigerl (pronounced SHUH-gal) with their first pick, fourth overall. The Whitecourt, AB, product played with OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep this past season. After a 70 point regular season, which included 31 goals in 30 games, he also captained his team to a CSSHL Championship netting 14 points in five playoff contests.
Two players from this year’s draft class are from the Calgary region in forward Tristan Zandee of the Airdrie Xtreme and Calgary Bisons goaltender Marek Pocherewny (pronounced Paw-chur-ow-knee).
“Our 2018 draft class is loaded with talent and potential setting our club up for future success,” said Dallas Thompson, Hitmen Director of Player Personnel. “We would like to welcome all of our picks to the Hitmen organization and look forward to seeing them at training camp this fall.”
2018 CALGARY HITMEN DRAFT BOARD
|RD||PICK||PLAYER||POS.||2017-18 TEAM||2017-18 STATS|
|1||4||Sean Tschigerl||F||OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep||30GP (31G, 39A)|
|2||25||Tyson Galloway||D||Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep||29GP (3G, 11A)|
|2||36||Tristan Zandee||F||Airdrie Xtreme Bantam AAA||36GP (15G, 33A)|
|2||43||Zachary Funk||F||Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep||28GP (21G, 31A)|
|3||47||Marek Pocherewny||G||Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA||18GP (1.06GAA)|
|3||62||Rory Neill||D||Winnipeg Hawks Bantam AAA||34GP (30G, 42A)|
|4||69||David Hymovitch||F||North Jersey Avalanche Major Bantam||32GP (24G, 21A)|
|4||71||James Gibson||F||CAC Canadians Bantam AAA||36GP (28G, 34A)|
|6||113||Jacob Romanchuk||D||Northern Alberta Xtreme Bantam Prep||30GP (4G, 13A)|
|7||135||Rylan Jockims||D||Saskatoon Stallions Bantam AA||31GP (11G, 8A)|
Nearly 100 Hitmen bantam picks have gone on to play for the franchise including: Jackson van de Leest (2016), Tristen Nielsen (2015), Mark Kastelic (2014), Beck Malenstyn (2013), Jake Virtanen (2011), Colby Harmsworth (2010), Kenton Helgesen (2009), Cody Sylvester (2007), Matt Mackenzie (2006), Martin Jones (2005), Brett Sonne (2004), Karl Alzner (2003) and Ryan Getzlaf (2000).