Eight Okanagan Hockey Academy Bantam Prep players heard their names called at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.
The Bantam Draft, open to 2001-born players, was conducted Thursday in Calgary, AB.
Defenceman Mitchell Brown (Salmon Arm, BC) was the first OHA player off the board, going in the second round, 29th overall, to the Tri-City Americans. Ben McCartney (Portage, MB) followed later in the round, going 43rd overall to the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Jaden Senkoe (Westlock, AB) was selected in the seventh round, 137th overall, by the Edmonton Oil Kings.
A trio of OHA players were taken in the eighth round as Lukas Konaschuk (Bonanza, AB) went 156th overall to the Vancouver Giants, Connor Bouchard (Cochrane, AB) was selected 161st overall by the Tri-City Americans, and Logan Nijhoff (Comox Valley, BC) was taken 165th overall by the Regina Pats.
Goaltender Cole Schwebius (Kelowna, BC) was selected in the 10th round, going 216th overall to the Seattle Thunderbirds, while Timber Lewis (Terrace, BC) closed things out as he was selected 219th overall by the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Since 2012, OHA has now seen 44 players selected at the WHL Bantam Draft.
Joining Okanagan Hockey Academy was the best decision I made to advance my hockey development. I grew as a person and as a player thanks to our amazing coaches. My education was held to a very high standard by our education advisor and tutors. I also met people who will be lifelong friends."