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.
At the end of grade nine, my parents and I decided it would be beneficial for both my hockey and scholastic development to attend OHA the next year. We toured other hockey academies, but ultimately felt OHA was the best fit for me. The coach’s and trainer’s expertise allowed me to learn more about the game, further develop my skills, strength and stamina and readied me to enter the WHL as a competent and confident 16 year old. With the support of great teachers and tutors my grades improved and I made friends that will last a lifetime. I highly recommend OHA for the player who is looking to take their game, grades and life skills to the next level."