The North American Hockey League held its annual Entry Draft this past week, to which a sizeable landscape of amateur players aged 21 or under were available to potentially be selected to one of the league’s 29 teams.
Although typically consisting of American-born players, this year’s running did feature some Manitoban content, including the selection of two players from the province, while two others playing within the Manitoba Junior Hockey League were also chosen.
Taking just under four hours to complete, 241 total players were selected, with 56 percent being forwards (136), 35 percent being defencemen (84) and nine percent being goaltenders (21). The majority of players selected were born from 2002-04 (193 players) but 46 2001s were selected, and two players born in 2005 were also chosen.
“The NAHL Draft is such an exciting day for our teams, their fans, and hundreds of prospective players,” NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld said. “We offer our congratulations to the players selected in today’s NAHL Draft. This is the start of an incredible journey to play in the NCAA and we wish the best of luck to all the players, veterans, tendered, drafted or not, in your quest to play USA Hockey in the NAHL.”
Players selected in the NAHL Entry Draft with Manitoba ties include:
|2||48||Fairbanks||Dakota MacIntosh||6.01||174||2004-06-12||C||Winnipeg, MB||Winnipeg Bruins U18 AAA|
|2||51||North Iowa Bulls||Matthew Gerke||6.02||185||2002-05-14||C||Edmonton, AB||Selkirk Steelers|
|5||122||Springfield||Joey Dosan||6.05||206||2001-03-12||LW||Bloomington, MN||Steinbach Pistons|
|Noah Wagner||5.10||185||2002-06-27||LW||Winnipeg, MB||Dauphin HS Clippers|
MacIntosh, 17, comes from the Manitoba U-18 AAA Hockey League, where he has spent the past two seasons playing for the Winnipeg Bruins. Through 47 games he has 25 goals and 54 points to go along with 62 penalty minutes. He played his U-14 and U-15 AAA hockey with the Winnipeg Warriors.
Wagner, 19, spent the majority of his recent years with The RINK, skating from 2016-19 through RINK Hockey Academy’s U-15 Prep, Elite 15s and Prep teams, before moving on to the MJHL. He has skated in 58 game between the Dauphin Kings and Portage Terriers, putting up seven goals, 11 points and 70 penalty minutes.
According to 2112 Hockey Agency’s Darryl Wolski – a college hockey family advisor – says that of the 241 total players, 31 came from Canada, including the two from Manitoba. Ontario led the way with 14 total selections. 205 players came from the United States, while another 10 were selected as import players from Europe.