Okanagan Hockey Academy alum Scott Walford has been selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round, 68th overall, at the 2017 NHL Draft.
Walford, 18, becomes the second OHA alum selected at the 2017 NHL Draft, following Michael Rasmussen (Detroit, 9th overall).
The Coquitlam, B.C. product spent three season with OHA from 2012-2015. During his last season, he recorded 21 points (6-15-21) in 28 games with OHA Midget Prep White, helping them capture the 2015 Canadian Sport School Hockey League Midget Prep Championship.
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.
On the international stage, Walford played for Team Canada Black at the 2015 World Under-17 Challenge.
Choosing Okanagan Hockey Academy was one of the best decisions I have made for my development. The relationships I built with my teammates, coaches, and staff are bonds that will last a lifetime. The structure of the program on and off the ice prepared me to play junior hockey.