On Tuesday, the Winnipeg ICE announced the signing of 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft selection Zachary Benson to a three-year standard WHL player agreement. Winnipeg’s first pick (14th overall) in this past week’s draft was the only player selected by the ICE from British Columbia in 2020.
In 30 regular season games for Yale Hockey Academy, the 5-foot-5, 130-pound winger collected 30 goals and 86 points, finishing first in the CSSHL in scoring. He then added five additional points in two postseason games, earning the league’s most valuable player distinction.
The 14-year-old Chilliwack product has played the duration of his hockey career within Canada’s westernmost province. Benson saw 11 of his Yale Lions teammates also selected last week. Yale went 25-3-2 this past season, finishing second in the CSSHL bantam league.
“Zach is a player with a real high hockey IQ and a player that makes everyone else around him better.” said Jake Heisinger, Assistant General Manager in a team-issued press release. “He developed in a strong program at Yale and we think Zach will fit in very well with our forward group.”
While the ICE made 13 total selections during the draft, opting to choose six defencemen, five forwards and two goaltenders. Seven Albertans were selected by Winnipeg, while three Manitobans were picked, to go alongside two players from Saskatchewan and Benson.
A full list of Winnipeg ICE 2020 draft choices is as follows:
Round 1, 14th overall – LW, Zach BENSON (Chilliwack, BC)
Round 3, 58th overall – C, Aiden OIRING (Calgary, AB)
Round 4, 80th overall – D, Ashton CUMBY (Bonnyville, AB)
Round 5, 94th overall – F, Ty FRASER (Raymond, AB)
Round 7, 146th overall – D, Isaiah ARNOLD (Saskatoon, SK)
Round 8, 155th overall – G, Brock LOTT (Red Deer, AB)
Round 8, 159 overall – D, Josh KARMAN (Calgary, AB)
Round 8, 168 overall – D, Omen HARMACY (Winnipeg, MB)
Round 9, 190 overall – C, Connor DALE (St. Albert, AB)
Round 10, 212 overall – D, Foxx McCOLL (Elkhorn, MB)
Round 11, 234 overall – G, Ty HOGUE (Portage La Prairie, MB)
Round 12, 256 overall – D, Jack KETSA (St. Albert, AB)
Round 13, 278 overall – LW, Jaxon SPERLING (Yorkton, SK)