BCEHL - 2022 WHL DRAFT RECAP
For Immediate Release
May 19, 2022
Saanichton, B.C. - The BCEHL saw 18 players selected in the 2022 Western Hockey League (WHL) Draft on Thursday, including three players in the Top 50!
Ty Coupland (42nd Overall, U15 AAA Vancouver NW Hawks)
Ty Coupland burst onto the scene this season in the U15 AAA league scoring 66 points (35g-31a), in just 21 games played this season for an impressive 3.21 points-per-game. This was a catalist for the Swift Current Broncos to select him with the 42nd pick in the 2022 WHL Draft.
Coupland kept his scoring momentum going in the playoffs scoring 14 points (7g-7a) in seven playoff games, helping the Vancouver NW Hawks to the BCEHL U15 AAA Championship.
Sawyer Mayes (44th Overall, U15 AAA Thompson Blazers)
Sawyer Mayes became the second BCEHL player chosen in the 2022 WHL Draft when the Calgary Hitmen selected the forward with the 44th overall pick. Mayes played for the U15 AAA Thompson Blazers last season, scoring 29 points (18g-11a) in 24 games, and only taking 12 penalty minutes.
Mayes recorded five points (2g-3a) in the Blazers' six playoff games last season.
Leith Hunter (50th Overall, U15 AAA Vancouver NW Hawks)
The Prince George Cougars selected defenseman Leith Hunter with the 50th overall pick. He recorded 34 points (8g-26a) in the regular season, and scoring an impressive 11 points (3g-8a) in the playoffs.
Hunter Aura (51st Overall, U15 AAA Thompson Blazers
Hunter Aura became the second U15 AAA Thompson Blazer to be chosen in the 2022 WHL Draft and the second BCEHL selection for the Calgary Hitmen. The defender was a part of the U15 AAA Thompson Blazers' squad this year, scoring 29 points (12g-17a) in 29 games.
Parker MacDougall (99th Overall, U15 AAA South Island Royals)
Parker MacDougall had an impressive season for the U15 AAA South Island Royals last year scoring 41 points (18g-23a), in just 22 regular season games. This was enough for the Calgary Hitmen to select the skilled forward with the 99th pick in the draft.
Koji Gibson (101st Overall, U15 AAA Vancouver NW Hawks)
Koji GIbson was a key member of the Vancouver NW Hawks team that won the U15 AAA Championship this season, scoring 36 points (15g-21a) in just 21 regular season games. He followed up his impressive regular season with 15 points (11g-4a) in the Hawks' seven playoff games.
Lachlan Staniforth (122nd Overall, U15 AAA Fraser Valley Thunderbirds)
The Kelowna Rockets selected Lachlan Staniforth, who was a key member of the U15 AAA Fraser Valley Thunderbird's blueline this season scoring 21 points (6g-15a) in 30 regular season games.
Kieran Thibault (138th Overall, U15 AAA Thompson Blazers)
The Prince George Cougars selected U15 AAA Thompson Blazers' defenseman Kieran Thibault in the seventh round of the WHL Draft. Thibault played 27 regular season games for the Blazers last year, recording 13 points (1g-12a).
Coltan White (151st Overall, U15 AAA Valley West Giants)
Coltan White finished the 2021-22 U15 AAA season third in the league in points, recording 62 points (25g-37a) in 30 games. The Edmonton Oil Kings selected the forward in the seventh round.
Clayton Gillmore (156th Overall, U15 AAA Okanagan Rockets)
Clayton Gillmore was the first Okanagan Rocket taken off the draft board when the Tri-City Americans selected the forward with the 156th pick. He had 39 points (21g-18a) in 30 regular season games.
Ryder Green (158th Overall, U15 AAA Cariboo Cougars)
Ryder Green was the first BCEHL goaltender selected in the 2022 WHL Draft when the Brandon Wheat Kings took him with the 158th selection. He started 15 games for the U15 AAA Cariboo Cougars in the 2021-22 season, recording four wins.
Kelsen Podworny (185th Overall, U15 AAA Okanagan Rockets)
Kelsen Podworny recorded 41 points (22g-19a) in the regular season for the U15 AAA Okanagan Rockets. He added an additional 13 points (7g-7a) in seven playoff games for the Rockets, leading them to the Championship Final.
Trevor Oishi (194th Overall, U15 AAA Vancouver NW Hawks)
Trevor Oishi recorded 29 points (6g-23a) in 30 games this season on the for the Vancouver NW Hawks. The defenseman added seven points (1g-6a) in seven playoff games.
Nicholas Morin (195th Overall, U15 AAA Vancouver NE Chiefs)
Nicholas Morin racked up 10 points (2g-8a) from the blue line this season for the Chiefs. He was selected by the Kamloops Blazers.
Elijah Henson (197th Overall, U15 AAA Okanagan Rockets)
Elijah Henson became the second BCEHL goaltender selected in the 2022 WHL Draft. He recorded 13 wins in 15 starts for the U15 AAA Okanagan Rockets in the regular season.
Jasper Felbaum (213th Overall, U15 AAA North Island Silvertips)
Jasper Felbaum became the first North Island Silvertip selected in the 2022 WHL Draft. He recorded nine points (6g-3a) in 24 games last season, adding five points (3g-2a) in the playoffs.
Kaden Woodcox (253rd Overall, U15 AAA Okanagan Rockets
Kaden Woodcox played with the U15 AAA Okanagan Rockets blue line this season, recording 17 points (5g-12a) in 30 regular season games. He added six points (2g-4a) in the seven playoff games.
Evan Cook (261st Overall, U15 AAA Valley West Giants)
Evan Cook was tied for the league-lead in points in the BCEHL's U15 AAA league, recording 66 points (17g-49a) in 28 regular season games. Cook added six points (1g-5a) in five playoff games.
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