(MJHL Press Release)
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s annual draft of 15-year-old players will take place this Sunday (June 4) in Winnipeg. The MJHL Draft will begin at 9 am and will feature the 11 member teams selecting Manitoba players born in the year 2002.
This year’s number one overall pick belongs to Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
“The annual Draft for the league is always a special event in that it propels teams forward when they select young players who will develop into stars on their MJHL clubs,” MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis said. “The draft is also the final major event in the league’s annual calendar so it’s a great way to wrap up the season.”
New this season and going forward, the league is thrilled to partner with Hockey Tech by utilizing the RinkNet Live Draft Centre tool to operate the entire draft proceedings. RinkNet’s Live Draft Centre provides a complete solution for leagues and teams to efficiently manage their draft day preparation and execution. This live software is displayed on terminals for each member team and enables drafts to be conducted either in-person or remotely through team inputs and league/commissioner approval.
Draft picks posted instantly: Draft Tracker
Once a draft pick is confirmed, it will be made available instantly to the public through the Live Draft Tracker that will be accessible at www.mjhlhockey.ca starting at 9 am on Sunday. Fans, players, and families will be able to follow the draft in real time as teams continuously work to build their future programs.
"The draft is always an exciting time not only for the players but for the member teams in our league. We feel the draft is extremely important when it comes to building the core of your team for the future," said Dauphin Kings’ Head Coach & General Manager Marc Berry.
The MJHL Draft consists of six rounds with each MJHL team allocated one pick per round with the draft order being based on the order of finish by teams in the standings from the most recent season. The team that finishes last in the standings will receive the first pick in the draft and the selections will follow in that same order for the rest of the draft.
“It is a very good draft class this year with some very high-end talent within the province,” said Kevin Saurette, MJHL Director of Operations. “Teams will have some very tough and important decisions to make and that is a testament to the talent level, commitment and dedication of young hockey players within our province.
“Congratulations to the players who get drafted on Sunday as it is a great validation of their skills as a hockey player and a good sign of things to come. What needs to be remembered is that getting drafted is only the beginning of where you want to get. For the players that do not get drafted on Sunday, use it as motivation, stay positive, work hard and your time will come!”
The MJHL encourages fans to follow the Draft through the Live Draft Tracker on our website along with following the MJHL and the member teams on Twitter for updates throughout the Draft.