It was a moment he’ll never forget.
With the 13th overall pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft, the Hitmen selected defenceman Grayden Siepmann from Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep.
“I really have no words to describe how excited I am,” he said. “Calgary was one of the teams I wanted to play for and it’s such a great organization to be a part of.
“I’m just so thrilled.”
In 29 games played, the rearguard was a point-a-game player with 29 points (8G, 21A) showcasing his skill set on a nightly basis and helped lead Yale to a league championship with four points (2G, 2A) in five playoff games.
“It was a great year,” Siepmann said. “We had a rough start at the beginning of the season but after Christmas we only lost one game and really caught fire. We carried the momentum into playoffs by winning the league championship.
“We never gave up and it’s a moment in my career I’ll always remember.”
The 14-year-old Siepmann offers a lot in his game with his offensive abilities combined with his strong play defensively.
And he will only continue to grow with his development as he won’t celebrate his 15th birthday until May 26.
“Grayden is an excellent skater who took a major step forward this season,” said Hitmen Director of Player Personnel Dallas Thompson. “He is a puck mover who likes to join the rush but is also an excellent defender who can play in all situations.”
This isn’t the first time the Hitmen have selected an Abbotsford born player in the first round of the Bantam Draft as back in 2011 they picked Jake Virtanen first overall.
“It’s pretty funny because I am following in his footsteps in a way,” he said. “It’s cool how things work out like that and obviously he’s a great player.”
That’s not the only tie to the Hitmen he has, as Siepmann was teammates with Hitmen prospects Tyson Galloway and Zac Funk back in the 2017/18 season. Galloway was selected 21st and Funk taken 43rd in the 2018 Draft.
“It’s exciting that we one day will be reunited again but this time in junior,” he said. “I can’t wait to get things started and looking forward to the future.”