Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Zike picked 1st overall in the NAHL Draft

Press Release

The North American Hockey League announced today that its coaches and general managers have selected Chicago Fury U16 forward Derek Zike as the first overall pick in the 2009 NAHL Entry Draft.

Derek was seriously injured during a game at a tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich., in January. Learn more about Derek at

“Derek has shown tremendous strength and courage over the last few months and we’re honored to have him as our first overall selection in the draft,” said NAHL commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “As a league, we’re committed to his recovery and to the support of his family.”

Today’s NAHL Entry Draft also kicks off the online auction of hockey memorabilia and more through eBay in which all proceeds will benefit the Derek Zike Special Needs Trust. The 10-day auction will end on Saturday, May 30.

The remaining results of the draft will be posted on in alphabetical order by team in its entirety upon completion.

For more information on the NAHL Entry Draft, visit the draft’s FAQ page.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hang in there Derek.