Bron­cos re­stock in 2009 WHL Ban­tam Draft

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The Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos feel that their first round pick landed them the fastest skater avail­able in the 2009 WHL Ban­tam Draft. The Bron­cos se­lected cen­tre Evan Richardson of Nanaimo with the 15th over­all pick in last Thurs­day’s ban­tam draft. Richardson, 5'6' and 135 pounds, played for the Pur­suit of Ex­cel­lence Pro­gram in Kelowna this past sea­son.

“Evan is a skilled, speedy for­ward that can play cen­tre or wing. We feel that he is prob­a­bly the fastest skater in the draft. He has that abil­ity to get into a sec­ond and third gear,” noted Bron­cos Di­rec­tor of Player Per­son­nel and Head Scout Jamie Porter.

With their sec­ond se­lec­tion the Bron­cos took a for­mer Swift Cur­rent Mi­nor Hockey player.

SheaHoworko, who is orig­i­nally fromSwift Cur­rent but now lives in Regina, was the 37th over­all player taken in the draft. Howorko skated with the Notre Dame Hounds Ban­tam team this past year, scor­ing 22 goals and 43 points in 23 games.

In the fourth round, 81st over­all, the Bron­cos se­lected 5'9, 145 lbs cen­tre Sut­ton Olsen from Delo­raine, MB.

In the sixth round the Bron­cos used a pair of picks to se­lect de­fense­man Matthew Allen from Co­quit­lam, BC 125th over­all and left-winger Arthur Gor­don from Ed­mon­ton 127th over­all.

In round seven the Bron­cos se­lected de­fense­man Ash­ton McLeod from Claresholm, AB 147th over­all.

With their first of two eighth round picks the Bron­cos se­lected goal­tender Michael Fredrick out of Leth­bridge, AB.

With their sec­ond eighth round se­lec­tion the Bron­cos se­lected Le­duc, AB de­fense­man Colten Cas­sidey.

Over­all the Bron­cos se­lected eight play­ers over the draft's open­ing eight rounds, se­lect­ing four for­wards, three de­fense­men, and one goal­tender. The Bron­cos se­lected four play­ers out of Al­berta, two out of BC, one Saskatchewan skater, and one Man­i­to­ban.

The first round of the draft saw 10 de­fense­men se­lected in­clud­ing the draft's first four picks led by the Port­land Win­ter Hawks who se­lected Wey­burn's Der­rick Pouliot first over­all.

The prov­ince of Bri­tish Columbia led the way in the first round with nine picks, fol­lowed by six Al­ber­tans, five Saskatchewan skaters, one player out of Man­i­toba, and one Amer­i­can.

The Regina Pats used the fifth over­all pick to se­lect the first for­ward in the draft, se­lect­ing Saskatoon's Chan­dler Stephen­son.

Medicine Hat used the 36th pick to se­lect the draft's first goal­tender, se­lect­ing Prince Al­bert's Daw­son Macau­ley.

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