Four More Donnan/Vimy Hockey Student-Athletes Drafted Into The NHL
Four more Donnan/Vimy Hockey student-athletes are one step closer to becoming National Hockey League players. Sam Steel, Tyler Benson, Carter Hart and David Quenneville all had their names called by NHL franchises, adding to the growing list of Donnan/Vimy Hockey student-athletes who have been drafted into the NHL. After this year’s draft, a total of 21 Donnan/Vimy Hockey student-athletes have been drafted into the NHL since 2011, 4 of which were selected in the 1st round.
1st to be selected was Sam Steel, former Sherwood Park Bantam AAA Flyer and current Regina Pats centre. In 2013, Steel was selected 2nd overall in the WHL Bantam Draft and has since amassed 124 points (40 goals, 84 assists) in 138 games played for the Pats. The lucky club to select the skilled centre was the Anaheim Ducks, who took Steel with the 30th pick in the 1st round.
The next Donnan/Vimy Hockey alum to be selected was Tyler Benson, standout with the SSAC Lions in Bantam AAA. Tyler shattered the Bantam AAA scoring record by scoring 146 points in 33 games played in 2012-2013 along the way to getting selected 1st overall in the WHL Bantam Draft. As you can see in the video above, Tyler was very excited to be selected 32nd overall in the 2nd round by his hometown Oilers.
The first goalie selected in the NHL Draft was a Donnan/Vimy Hockey and ORSports alumni. After an outstanding WHL season where he was named the WHL Goaltender of the Year, The Everett Silvertips’ Carter Hart was selected 48th overall in the 2nd round by the Philadelphia Flyers.
And the NHL has “completed the set”, by drafting the third of the Quenneville brothers. David Quenneville, youngest of the Quenneville brothers was drafted 200th overall by the Islanders, who are getting the Medicine Hat defenceman along with his puck moving ability and booming shot from the point.
Congratulations to these student-athletes and alumni and their families on this huge achievement!