County boys nabbed in OHL draft

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Ed­i­tor Three hockey play­ers who call Glen­garry home were cho­sen last week­end in the On­tario Hockey League’s 2018 Pri­or­ity Se­lec­tion draft

Dun­ve­gan’s Joe Vr­betic, a goal­tender, was picked in the sec­ond round, 31st over­all, by the North Bay Bat­tal­ion. The 15-year-old checks in at 6 ft. 4 in., 163 lb. He played the 2016-17 sea­son as a mem­ber of the East­ern On­tario Wild ma­jor ban­tam ‘AAA’ team, amass­ing a reg­u­lar-sea­son 1.99 goals against av­er­age through 15 games. In play­off ac­tion, Vr­betic posted a 2.32 GAA over five con­tests.

Last sea­son, he moved to the Toronto area, to join the Don Mills Fly­ers mi­nor midget ‘AAA’ pro­gram.

In OHL Cup play, Vr­betic chalked up a 4.45 GAA and .862 save per­cent­age.

In the Bat­tal­ion’s press re­lease, Vr­betic was quoted say­ing, ““I’m truly hon­oured to be se­lected. I can’t wait to get started.”

In 2017, the goal­tender was se­lected by the CCHL Ot­tawa Jr. Se­na­tors, in the ban­tam pro­tect draft.

Vr­betic’s net­mind­ing part­ner from the 2016-17 sea­son with the Wild, Ni­cholas Hein­zle, was also cho­sen in last week­end’s OHL draft, taken by the Sud­bury Wolves, in the 13th round.

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The na­tive of Glen Robert­son is 16 years old, stand­ing 6 ft. 2 in. and weigh­ing 174 lb.

The win­ter that he shared the net­mind­ing du­ties, Hein­zle chalked up a 1.49 GAA in 14 reg­u­lar-sea­son games with the Wild, fol­lowed by a 2.60 GAA in five play­off con­tests.

Last sea­son, back­stop­ping the U18 Hawkes­bury Hawks, Hein­zle had a 1.97 GAA and a .917 save per­cent­age in 21 reg­u­lar-sea­son matches.

Ap­ple Hill’s John Richer, a de­fence­man last sea­son with the On­tario Hockey Academy U17 squad, was cho­sen in the ninth round of the OHL draft, by the Erie (Penn­syl­va­nia) Ot­ters.

Check­ing in at 6 ft. 3 in, 175 lb, the blue­liner chalked up 11 points in 35 con­tests (reg­u­lar sea­son and play­offs) as a mem­ber of the Mav­er­icks.

He spent the 2016-17 sea­son with the Wild ma­jor ban­tam team (along with Vr­betic and Hein­zle), see­ing ac­tion in 39 matches.

The OHL draft was held on­line, April 7. The top over­all pick went to the Sud­bury Wolves, who chose cen­tre­man Quin­ton By­field, from New­mar­ket.

The top draftee from our re­gion was Josh Barnes, of Corn­wall. The cen­tre­man starred with the U18 Colts last sea­son.

The Raisin River, in Wil­liamstown, is ready to greet pad­dlers in this week­end’s race.

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