Saturday, June 26, 2010

4 West Kootenay Products Drafted

Congrats to Trail's Craig Cunningham, Nelson's Isaac MacLeod, and Castlegar's Luke Walker and Montrose's Kellen Jones on being selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft today.

Cunningham, a former Beaver Valley Nitehawk, went in the 4th round, 97th overall to the Boston Bruins. The Vancouver Giants winger notched 97 points (37-60) as a 19 year-old last season.

MacLeod, a former Nelson Leaf, was taken 136th overall by San Jose. He had 23 points (all assists) with the BCHL's Penticton Vees and will skate next season at Boston College.

Walker went 3 spots later to the Colorado Avalanche. The Portland Winterhawk forward made Team USA at last year's World Juniors in Saskatchewan. He scored 27 goals and 57 points in Portland and tallied a further 10 points in the playoffs before his team bowed out to Cunningham's Giants.

Jones, another former Nitehawk and Vernon Viper, was picked in the 7th round by Edmonton. He and brother Connor won back to back Royal Bank Cups with the Vipers in 2009 and 2010, and will attend Quinnipiac University in the fall.

I hope to have audio interviews up soon with all four players, and will be sure to chat to them on Mountain FM's Overtime, which I'm hosting for three days next week as my colleague Shawn Mullin heads away on a much-deserved vacation.

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