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.”


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).

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