MORRISBURG – A number of Dundas County hockey players were selected in the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League’s first ever draft, held on May 30.
The upstart league, which recently added its 12th team in Tweed, held a four-round draft to select players that aged out of the junior hockey system, or had left other leagues like Canadian U-Sports or semi-professional leagues in the United States.
Morrisburg-native Griffin Patterson, who last played for the Morrisburg Jr. C Lions and previously played in the CCHL2 for the Char-Lan Rebels, Westport Rideaus, and Winchester Hawks, was selected by the Maxville Mustangs in the second round.
Three local players were drafted by the North Dundas Senior Rockets team in Chesterville. Defenceman Devin Guy from Mountain was selected in the first round, forward Owen Guy was selected in the second round, and forward Nik Paas from Winchester was selected in the fourth round. The Rockets also drafted Jack Nevins, a forward from Stittsville in the first round and defenceman Tim Billingsley from Ottawa in the third.
Neighbouring South Grenville Senior Rangers traded up to land the first overall draft pick, trading the third and 10th overall picks. With that first overall pick, the Sr. Rangers drafted forward Ryan VanStralen, who is from Domville. VanStralen last played for the Indy Fuel in the East Coast Hockey League.
The Rangers also drafted Nathan Pancel from Orleans, Jesse Saban from Kanata, and Mike Byrd from Kemptville in the second round, and Tyler Dukelow from Prescott in the fourth round.
The EOSHL has expanded from four teams in the 2019-20 season to 12 teams for the 2021-22 season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 season was cancelled.
Teams in the EOSHL include the Cornwall Prowlers, Deseronto Bulldogs, Frontenac Phantoms, Gananoque Islanders, Glengarry Pipers, the Rockets, Pontiac Comets, Smiths Falls Rideaus, the Rangers, Oil Kings, and the West Carleton Rivermen. Cornwall are the defending champions.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader