The Okanagan Hockey Academy would like to congratulate Michael Rasmussen, Scott Walford and Jordan Hollett on being selected at the 2017 NHL Draft.
The trio were teammates on the 2015 Canadian Sport School Hockey League championship OHA Midget Prep White team, as well as the 2013-14 OHA Bantam Prep team.
Rasmussen was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round, ninth overall, becoming the highest OHA alum selected in the NHL Draft following Curtis Lazar, who went 17th overall to the Ottawa Senators at the 2013 NHL Draft.
During the 2013-14 season, the Surrey, B.C. product tallied 87 points (41-46-87) in 59 games with the OHA Bantam Prep team. The following season, Rasmussen netted 50 points (27-23-50) in 28 games with OHA Midget Prep White. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward has spent the past two seasons with the Tri-City Americans, the team that selected him seventh overall at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
Walford was the second OHA alum off the board as the Montreal Canadiens took him in the third round, 68th overall.
The Coquitlam, B.C. product spent three seasons with OHA from 2012-2015. During his last season, he recorded 21 points (6-15-21) in 28 games with OHA Midget Prep White. Prior to that, Walford spent two seasons on the OHA Bantam Prep team, where he was selected in the first round, 18th overall, by the Victoria Royals at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. In two seasons with Victoria, Walford has registered 41 points (7-34-41) in 98 games.
The Ottawa Senators selected goaltender Hollett in the sixth round, 183rd overall.
Hollett posted a 1.75 goals-against average with the OHA Bantam Prep team in 2013-14, before registering a 9-3-0 record with OHA Midget Prep White during the 2014-15 season.
The Langley, B.C. product was selected by the Regina Pats in the first round, 13th overall, at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. Hollett has spent the past two seasons with the Pats, appearing in 43 games while posting a 25-9-3 record.
This marks the third straight year that three OHA alums have been selected at the NHL Draft.
I can confidently say the Okanagan Hockey Academy had an impact on me as a hockey player but more importantly as a person. OHA taught me to bring my best self in all aspects of life including as a student, player and community member. I learned many life skills during my time at OHA that I will take with me much longer than my playing career and that is the greatest gift the staff, coaches, billets and community gave to me. I strongly believe I am a more well-rounded individual because of my time at OHA. I hope any young hockey player with drive, determination and a passion to become a better player and person is able to have the chance to attend somewhere so amazing. For me OHA gave me the best balance of academics, athletics, family and social life. I am extremely grateful for my time at Okanagan Hockey Academy.