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Two alumni players from the Ca­na­dian In­ter­na­tio­nal Ho­ckey Aca­de­my (CIHA) in Ro­ck­land were re­cent­ly drafted to the NHL.

Alumni Se­myon Der-Ar­gu­chint­sev and Jas­per Wea­ther­by were se­lec­ted to the 2018 Na­tio­nal Ho­ckey League Draft that took place in Dal­las, Texas on June 23. Der-Ar­gu­chint­sev was ta­ken in the third round, 76th ove­rall to the To­ron­to Maple Leafs, while Wea­ther­by went to the San Jose Sharks in the fourth round, 102nd ove­rall. Deux an­ciens joueurs de l’Aca­dé­mie ca­na­dienne in­ter­na­tio­nale de ho­ckey (ACIH) à Ro­ck­land ont ré­cem­ment été re­cru­tés par la LNH. Se­myon Der-Ar­gu­chint­sev (ci-haut) et Jas­per Wea­ther­by (ci-bas) ont été sé­lec­tion­nés au re­pê­chage de la Ligue na­tio­nale de ho­ckey 2018 qui a eu lieu à Dal­las, au Texas, le 23 juin. Se­myon Der-Ar­gu­chint­sev a été sé­lec­tion­né au troi­sième tour, 76e au clas­se­ment gé­né­ral des Maple Leafs de To­ron­to. Der-Ar­gu­chint­sev est né à Mos­cou, en Rus­sie, et est ve­nu au ACIH à Ro­ck­land à l’âge de 13 ans en 2014 pour pour­suivre ses ob­jec­tifs de ho­ckey. Jas­per Wea­ther­by a été sé­lec­tion­né par les Sharks de San Jose au qua­trième tour, 102e au clas­se­ment gé­né­ral. Wea­ther­by est ve­nu au ACIH en 2012 et a joué pour l›équipe Ban­tam AAA, puis a re­mon­té l’an­née sui­vante pour jouer dans l’équipe Mid­get AAA Mi­neure où il a ré­col­té 18 points en 32 matchs.—

Der-Ar­gu­chint­sev was born in Mos­cow, Rus­sia and came to the CIHA in Ro­ck­land at 13 years old in 2014 to pur­sue his ho­ckey goals. He first played for the Ban­tam AAA team where he put up 36 points in 30 games and then mo­ved up to the Mi­nor Mid­get AAA in 2015. Der-Ar­gu­chint­sev fi­ni­shed first in as­sists with 49, first in po­wer­play as­sists with 15 and first in points with 70 and was na­med the Ho­ckey Eas­tern On­ta­rio Roo­kie of the Year.

Af­ter com­ple­ting his Mi­nor Mid­get sea­son at CIHA, Der-Ar­gu­chint­sev was se­lec­ted 27th ove­rall by the Pe­ter­bo­rough Petes of the On­ta­rio Ho­ckey League, where he es­ta­bli­shed him­self as a high-end play­ma­ker and of­fen­sive lea­der on his team. This cen­ter player stands at five-foot-ten and was re­fer­red to as one of the most un­der­ra­ted players in this year’s draft, by sports wri­ter Da­vid St-Louis.

Wea­ther­by came to the CIHA in 2012 and played for the Ban­tam AAA team, then mo­ving up the fol­lo­wing year to play for the Mi­nor Mid­get AAA team where he had 18 points in 32 games. A na­tive of Ash­land, Ore­gon, Wea­ther­by then de­ci­ded to play for the We­nat­chee Wild of the Bri­tish Co­lum­bia Ho­ckey League (BCHL).

“At the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, if so­meone had told me I would be drafted in the NHL, I would have said no way. But it goes to show, if you work hard any­thing can hap­pen,” said Wea­ther­by. “I’m not sure ma­ny people know this but I grew up going to Sharks games so being drafted by San Jose was a dream come true.”

He soon be­came the top of­fen­sive player in the BCHL, lea­ding the league in goals with 37 and in points with 74. He was na­med the league’s MVP. As the Wild cap­tu­red the league cham­pion­ship, Wea­ther­by led the playoffs in sco­ring with 38 points in 20 games.

Al­so a cen­ter, Wea­ther­by stands at six­foot-four. He was pas­sed over in the 2016 and 2017 NHL drafts, but this year the San Jose Sharks had their eye on him – tra­ding their 123rd and 139th picks to en­sure they would se­lec­ted him 102nd ove­rall.

Both players still have some time to go be­fore they will see the NHL ice. Der-Ar­gu­chint­sev will conti­nue to de­ve­lop his skills with the Petes for two more sea­sons, while Jas­per will at­tend the Uni­ver­si­ty of North Da­ko­ta in the NCAA pro­gram in Sep­tem­ber. This pro­gram has pro­du­ced other NHL players, such as Jo­na­than Toews and T.J. Oshie.

Der-Ar­gu­chint­sev and Wea­ther­by join Ga­briel Vi­lar­di as alumni se­lec­ted in the NHL Draft. Vi­lar­di was se­lec­ted 11th ove­rall to the Los An­geles Kings in the 2017 draft.

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