BUFFALO, NY – A total of three former Okanagan Hockey Academy student athletes are now part of NHL organizations.
Josh Mahura, Beck Malenstyn and Tyler Soy were all selected on Day 2 of the 2016 NHL Draft, which concluded on Saturday.
Mahura went in the third round, 85th overall, to the Anaheim Ducks. Malenstyn was selected in the fifth round, 145th overall, by the Washington Capitals. Soy went in the seventh round, 205th overall, also to the Ducks.
This marks the second straight year that three OHA alums have been drafted.
Mahura, 18, spent the 2013-14 season with OHA. The Edmonton, BC product has spent the past two seasons with the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels.
Malenstyn, 18, played at OHA from 2011 to 2014. The Delta, BC product has spent the past two seasons with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen.
Mahura and Malenstyn were teammates on OHA’s 2014 Canadian Sport School Hockey League Midget Prep Division Championship team.
Soy, 19, attended OHA during the 2012-13 season. He has played the past three seasons with the WHL’s Victoria Royals. The Cloverdale, BC product was the 2016 WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player Award recipient. He attended the Edmonton Oilers Training Camp in 2015 after not being selected in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Okanagan Hockey would like to congratulate all three young men on this well-earned accomplishment.
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."