NA3HL announces results of 2017 Draft
June 14, 2017
The annual North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) Draft came and went on Tuesday, June 13th as 47 teams made their selections to try and fill their rosters for the 2017-18 season. The league as has announced the results of the 2017 NA3HL Draft.
In total, 364 players were selected in the draft, which took just over four hours to complete.
Click here to listen to the archive of the draft through HockeyTV
“The NA3HL Draft is always an exciting time for everyone in the NA3HL. It really symbolizes the beginning of the 2017-18 season and the culmination of some very hard work by our NA3HL coaches and their scouting staffs. It is also an exciting time for all of the players selected as they get closer to realizing a dream of playing junior hockey. The entire draft process is one that is unique to our family of leagues and just another component of what we try and do to set ourselves apart in terms of exposure as a step above the rest,” said NA3HL Commissioner Denny Scanlon.
The first player taken in the draft was forward Christian Bardarson, who was selected by the Wausau RiverWolves. The hometown player from Wausau, Wisconsin, recorded 38 points in 24 games played for Wausau West High School this past season. The first defenseman selected was Jack Goodmanson, who was selected #3 overall by the Billings Bulls. Goodmanson played this past season for the Sioux Falls Jr. Stampede 18U team. The first goalie selected didn’t come until the 3rd round and the 97th pick overall as the Billings Bulls selected Michael Magnuson from Cretin-Derham Hall High School in Minnesota.
The NAPHL had a big presence at the NA3HL Draft as 46 NAPHL players were selected.
Breakdown of positions drafted:
Forwards: 222 (61%)
Defense: 123 (33%)
Goalies: 19 (6%)
Players not drafted or tendered by NA3HL teams are still able to participate in each team's respective open tryout camps. Remaining tryout camps are listed here.