Saturday was a great day for a pair of former Surrey Eagles stalwarts, as both Devon Toews and Danton Heinen were selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia.
Toews, who just completed his freshman season at Quinnipiac University after helping lead the Eagles to the semi-final of the RBC Cup in 2013, was taken 108th overall by the New York Islanders. In 37 games played with the Bobcats, the Abbotsford native tallied 1 goal and 17 points. Toews, never afraid to jump in offensively during his time in the BCHL, put up 97 points in 131 regular-season and playoff appearances in Eagles silks. His list of Junior "A" accolades is just as fruitful, including honours as the BCHL Coastal Conference and RBC Cup Top Defenseman in 2013.
The Eagles' outgoing captain, Danton Heinen, was selected 8 picks after Toews, as the Boston Bruins nabbed the reigning BCHL Rookie of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player 116th overall. The Langley product, who joined Surrey after a Keystone Cup triumph with the Junior "B" Richmond Sockeyes in 2013, led the Eagles in scoring with 61 points, all while putting up just 8 minutes in penalties. Heinen was an unstoppable force during the second half of the 2013-14 BCHL season, and will be taking his talents to the University of Denver this fall.
It should come as no surprise that the Bruins took notice of Heinen's breakout season: Boston's assistant general manager, Scott Bradley, is the uncle of Eagles assistant coach Brad Tobin. Not only that, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is part of the ownership group of the USHL's Dubuque Fighting Saints, with whom current University of Denver bench boss Jim Montgomery used to coach.
Congratulations to both Devon and Danton on what must have been an exhilarating day, and all the best in the future!