Five Huskies taken in OHL draft

Community Apr 14, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

It was a Saturday morning Hayden Davis will never forget.

With about 20 family members looking on the 16-year-old Westmount student saw his name called by the Niagara IceDogs in the first round, 13th overall, in the Ontario Hockey League draft.

“I’m trying to stay as grounded as possible,” said the six-foot two, 175 pound defenceman and captain of the Hamilton Huskies minor midget AAA team.

The OHL draft was available only online and Davis noted his father connected their computer feed to a TV set so the whole family could watch.

Following the draft Davis visited the IceDogs at their Meridian Centre home in downtown St. Catharines.

The OHL rookie, who hopes to skate in the NHL one day, expects to join Niagara as the club’s fifth or sixth defenceman.

“I’ll still be getting a reasonable amount of ice time for sure,” he said.

Davis was available when the Hamilton Bulldogs opted to choose winger Matthew Strome from Mississauga eighth overall, but he’s not disappointed his hometown team didn’t pick him.

“I had some inside scoop that they were leaning towards a forward,” said Davis who expects a large contingent of family and friends will be making the trek down the QEW during the season.

Four other Huskies also got a call from an OHL club last Saturday.

Six-foot four 195 pound rearguard Nick Durajlija was chosen by the Kitchener Rangers in the eighth round, defenceman Brandon Scanlin and centre Marc Shannon were picked by the Hamilton Bulldogs and London Knights in the ninth round and forward Isaac Nurse was drafted by the Bulldogs in the 11th round.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Durajlija, a 16-year-old Westdale student, who also has NHL aspirations.

“A lot was going through my head and I was just very proud to be picked by the home team,” said Scanlin, a 16-year-old Westmount student. “I’ll try out for the Bulldogs and if that doesn’t work then I’ll go for the junior teams.”

“If you get a chance to play in front of your family and friends, it’s always a great feeling,” said Nurse, who is a cousin of former OHLer and Edmonton Oilers draft pick Darnell Nurse and NCAA basketball player Kia Nurse.

All five Huskies grads said they will be working hard on and off the ice over the summer to get ready for training camp in August.

That includes playing in the four-on-four league at the Mohawk 4 Ice Centre.

“It’s a great tribute to the guys and their hard work over the last number of years,” said Huskies head coach Jeff Toole.

He feels Durajlija, Scanlin, Shannon and Nurse would have been picked earlier had the Huskies advanced to the OHL Cup this season where players are scouted more closely.

“I think these guys would have been drafted higher and I also think some of what I call our bubble draft guys would have been drafted as well,” Toole said.

Stoney Creek resident and defenceman Reilly Webb was drafted in the second round by the Bulldogs.

 

Five Huskies taken in OHL draft

Hayden Davis off to Niagara IceDogs

Community Apr 14, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

It was a Saturday morning Hayden Davis will never forget.

With about 20 family members looking on the 16-year-old Westmount student saw his name called by the Niagara IceDogs in the first round, 13th overall, in the Ontario Hockey League draft.

“I’m trying to stay as grounded as possible,” said the six-foot two, 175 pound defenceman and captain of the Hamilton Huskies minor midget AAA team.

The OHL draft was available only online and Davis noted his father connected their computer feed to a TV set so the whole family could watch.

Following the draft Davis visited the IceDogs at their Meridian Centre home in downtown St. Catharines.

The OHL rookie, who hopes to skate in the NHL one day, expects to join Niagara as the club’s fifth or sixth defenceman.

“I’ll still be getting a reasonable amount of ice time for sure,” he said.

Davis was available when the Hamilton Bulldogs opted to choose winger Matthew Strome from Mississauga eighth overall, but he’s not disappointed his hometown team didn’t pick him.

“I had some inside scoop that they were leaning towards a forward,” said Davis who expects a large contingent of family and friends will be making the trek down the QEW during the season.

Four other Huskies also got a call from an OHL club last Saturday.

Six-foot four 195 pound rearguard Nick Durajlija was chosen by the Kitchener Rangers in the eighth round, defenceman Brandon Scanlin and centre Marc Shannon were picked by the Hamilton Bulldogs and London Knights in the ninth round and forward Isaac Nurse was drafted by the Bulldogs in the 11th round.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Durajlija, a 16-year-old Westdale student, who also has NHL aspirations.

“A lot was going through my head and I was just very proud to be picked by the home team,” said Scanlin, a 16-year-old Westmount student. “I’ll try out for the Bulldogs and if that doesn’t work then I’ll go for the junior teams.”

“If you get a chance to play in front of your family and friends, it’s always a great feeling,” said Nurse, who is a cousin of former OHLer and Edmonton Oilers draft pick Darnell Nurse and NCAA basketball player Kia Nurse.

All five Huskies grads said they will be working hard on and off the ice over the summer to get ready for training camp in August.

That includes playing in the four-on-four league at the Mohawk 4 Ice Centre.

“It’s a great tribute to the guys and their hard work over the last number of years,” said Huskies head coach Jeff Toole.

He feels Durajlija, Scanlin, Shannon and Nurse would have been picked earlier had the Huskies advanced to the OHL Cup this season where players are scouted more closely.

“I think these guys would have been drafted higher and I also think some of what I call our bubble draft guys would have been drafted as well,” Toole said.

Stoney Creek resident and defenceman Reilly Webb was drafted in the second round by the Bulldogs.

 

Five Huskies taken in OHL draft

Hayden Davis off to Niagara IceDogs

Community Apr 14, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

It was a Saturday morning Hayden Davis will never forget.

With about 20 family members looking on the 16-year-old Westmount student saw his name called by the Niagara IceDogs in the first round, 13th overall, in the Ontario Hockey League draft.

“I’m trying to stay as grounded as possible,” said the six-foot two, 175 pound defenceman and captain of the Hamilton Huskies minor midget AAA team.

The OHL draft was available only online and Davis noted his father connected their computer feed to a TV set so the whole family could watch.

Following the draft Davis visited the IceDogs at their Meridian Centre home in downtown St. Catharines.

The OHL rookie, who hopes to skate in the NHL one day, expects to join Niagara as the club’s fifth or sixth defenceman.

“I’ll still be getting a reasonable amount of ice time for sure,” he said.

Davis was available when the Hamilton Bulldogs opted to choose winger Matthew Strome from Mississauga eighth overall, but he’s not disappointed his hometown team didn’t pick him.

“I had some inside scoop that they were leaning towards a forward,” said Davis who expects a large contingent of family and friends will be making the trek down the QEW during the season.

Four other Huskies also got a call from an OHL club last Saturday.

Six-foot four 195 pound rearguard Nick Durajlija was chosen by the Kitchener Rangers in the eighth round, defenceman Brandon Scanlin and centre Marc Shannon were picked by the Hamilton Bulldogs and London Knights in the ninth round and forward Isaac Nurse was drafted by the Bulldogs in the 11th round.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Durajlija, a 16-year-old Westdale student, who also has NHL aspirations.

“A lot was going through my head and I was just very proud to be picked by the home team,” said Scanlin, a 16-year-old Westmount student. “I’ll try out for the Bulldogs and if that doesn’t work then I’ll go for the junior teams.”

“If you get a chance to play in front of your family and friends, it’s always a great feeling,” said Nurse, who is a cousin of former OHLer and Edmonton Oilers draft pick Darnell Nurse and NCAA basketball player Kia Nurse.

All five Huskies grads said they will be working hard on and off the ice over the summer to get ready for training camp in August.

That includes playing in the four-on-four league at the Mohawk 4 Ice Centre.

“It’s a great tribute to the guys and their hard work over the last number of years,” said Huskies head coach Jeff Toole.

He feels Durajlija, Scanlin, Shannon and Nurse would have been picked earlier had the Huskies advanced to the OHL Cup this season where players are scouted more closely.

“I think these guys would have been drafted higher and I also think some of what I call our bubble draft guys would have been drafted as well,” Toole said.

Stoney Creek resident and defenceman Reilly Webb was drafted in the second round by the Bulldogs.