Three OHA players taken at 2015 NHL Draft

Jun 27, 2015

It was a banner day for the Okanagan Hockey Academy on Saturday as three former players were selected at the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015_NHL_Draft.jpgRyan Gropp, Deven Sideroff and Brad Morrison all heard their names called before the fourth round was finished.

Gropp was selected by the New York Rangers in the second round, 41st overall, making him the second highest drafted OHA alum behind Curtis Lazar, who was taken 17th overall in 2013. The Kamloops, BC product spent the 2011-12 season with OHA, collecting 51 points (21-30-51) in 41 games. Gropp currently plays with the Seattle Thunderbirds, where he amassed 58 points (30-28-58) in 67 games this past season.

The Anaheim Ducks nabbed Sideroff in the third round, 84th overall. The Summerland, BC product played two seasons with OHA, most recently during the 2013-14 campaign where he registered 74 points (32-42-74) in 42 games. Sideroff netted 42 points (17-25-42) in 64 games with the Kamloops Blazers during the 2014-15 season.

Morrison rounded out the day for OHA as he was selected in the fourth round, 113th overall, by the New York Rangers. The West Kelowna, BC product was a member of the 2011-12 OHA Bantam Prep squad. In 68 games that season, Morrison posted 170 points (97-73-170), which prompted the Prince George Cougars to select him with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. Morrison registered 49 points (23-26-49) in 67 games with the Cougars this past season.

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Curtis Lazar

My time at OHA allowed me to further my development as a hockey player and person which ultimately prepared me for the next level. OHA taught me how to be a professional and truly gave me the experience of a lifetime."