Okanagan Hockey Academy alum Michael Rasmussen has been selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round, Ninth overall, at the 2017 NHL Draft.
Rasmussen, 18, becomes the highest OHA alum selected in the NHL Draft, following Curtis Lazar, who went 17th overall by the Ottawa Senators at the 2013 NHL Draft.
The Surrey, B.C. product spent two seasons at OHA from 2013-15.
During the 2013-14 season, Rasmussen tallied 87 points (41-46-87) in 59 games with the OHA Bantam Prep team, along with adding one goal in two games with the OHA Elite 15s team. The following season, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward netted 50 points (27-23-50) in 28 games with OHA Midget Prep White, while also notching eight points (3-5-8) in three post-season games to help OHA capture the 2015 Canadian Sport School Hockey League Midget Prep Championship.
Rasmussen has spent the past two seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Tri-City Americans, the team that selected him seventh overall at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
In two seasons with the Americans, Rasmussen has registered 98 points (50-48-98) in 114 games, which includes a 32-goal season in 2016-17.
Rasmussen has also represented Canada on the international stage, having competed with Team Canada Black at the 2015 World Under-17 Challenge and with Team Canada at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.
Playing at OHA was great. I had great billet families and made great relationships with people I still keep in touch with. It was a really good learning experience for me being away from home playing hockey, which set me up to go play junior.