This past week, the National Collegiate Development Conference held its 2021 Entry Draft, to which 155 selections were made through the draft’s 12 rounds. Players born from 2001-2004 from various countries around the world were eligible for selection, giving the 13 NCDC teams an exceptionally wide talent pool to choose from.
Of the dozens of players selected, two hail from Manitoba and both have connections to Portage la Prairie.
Chosen by the Boston Advantage was Portage native Joey Moffatt, just before his teammate with the Terriers, Cody Blight heard his name called by the Philadelphia Hockey Club.
Moffatt, a 2001-born forward, played three seasons of junior hockey with his hometown Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League following a AAA career with the Central Plains Capitals. In 185 total MJHL contests, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound forward collected 78 goals, 170 points and 107 penalty minutes.
Blight, a 2002-born forward of Oakville, Manitoba, spent two seasons playing for the RINK Hockey Academy from 2016-18 before re-joining his old pals with the Central Plains Capitals U-18 AAA program for the past two seasons. In 71 total MMHL games, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound centreman put up 42 goals, 75 points and 32 penalty minutes. After playing the first 15 games of his MJHL career with the Selkirk Steelers, he joined the Portage Terriers for the most recent season of play.