Fans of the MJHL will be able to watch the 2015 Bantam Draft live on television and online for a national audience. This year’s draft ─ six rounds in total ─ is being held Sunday, June 7 in Neepawa.
The entire event, which begins at 9 a.m., will be televised live on NAC-TV, which is currently available in over 1.2 million homes across Canada through MTS and Bell TV services. For those without MTS or Bell TV, the draft will also be streamed live on nactv.ca.
For the MJHL, partnering with NAC-TV and the Neepawa Natives to televise the draft live provides an exciting opportunity to involve all of its fans, players, potential draft picks, and future draft picks in one of the league's most important annual events.
"The draft is an exciting time for our league every season," MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis said. "A lot of time is put into preparing, and scouting, for this event. Teams are making decisions that will provide the building blocks for their teams for years to come. We are happy to give our players and fans the opportunity to take part in the draft process this year.
"This is also an exciting announcement for young hockey players and their families. These athletes have dedicated much of their lives to their hockey career," Davis said. "Our league and teams are committed to building communities and relationships, and we are proud of the potential this provides for families, friends and even entire minor hockey teams to watch the 2015 MJHL Draft together and celebrate their accomplishments."
The live feed through NAC-TV will feature commentary from MJHL team personnel, interviews with all teams and the league commissioner. Viewers will be provided with information on all draft picks throughout the morning and round recaps. A total of 66 players will be selected in the 2015 draft.