Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Press Release

Calgary, AB – The WHL Bantam Draft lottery was held today at the WHL Office in Calgary to determine the order of the first six selections in the first round of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery involved the six non-playoff teams (Calgary, Kamloops, Lethbridge, Regina, Seattle, Swift Current) from the 2010-11 season. A team can move up a maximum of two positions in the Bantam Draft. Only one ball is drawn in the Lottery.

The Lottery selection process was performed by Chris Marra from KPMG. The 2011 WHL Bantam Draft will be held in Calgary, AB, on Thursday, May 5, 2011.

A Kamloops Blazers ball was drawn first in the lottery, meaning the Calgary Hitmen will have the 1st overall selection in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. The Blazers will move up two spots as a result of their ball being drawn in the lottery, and will make the 4th overall selection in the 2011 Bantam Draft.

The Swift Current Broncos will have the 2nd pick, and the Seattle Thunderbirds drop from the 5th pick to the 6th pick as a result of Kamloops’ ball being drawn.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes will have the 3rd overall pick, having acquired Regina’s first-round pick in a trade last season, and will also have the 5th overall selection in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

The order of the second round and all other rounds will be the inverse order of final 2010-11 WHL regular-season standings.

Players eligible for the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft will be 1996-born players who reside in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.


Following is the order of selection for the 1st round of the WHL Bantam Draft:

1. Calgary Hitmen

2. Swift Current Broncos

3. Lethbridge Hurricanes (From Regina)

4. Kamloops Blazers

5. Lethbridge Hurricanes

6. Seattle Thunderbirds

7. Everett Silvertips

8. Prince Albert Raiders

9. Edmonton Oil Kings

10. Prince George Cougars

11. Brandon Wheat Kings

12. Chilliwack Bruins

13. Swift Current Broncos (From Kootenay/Vancouver)

14. Moose Jaw Warriors

15. Kelowna Rockets

16. Regina Pats (From Tri-City)

17. Kootenay Ice

18. Medicine Hat Tigers

19. Spokane Chiefs

20. Vancouver Giants (From Portland)

21. Red Deer Rebels

22. Brandon Wheat Kings (From Saskatoon)


Following is the order of selection for the 2nd and all subsequent rounds of the WHL Bantam Draft:

(Please note that traded picks are not indicated)

1) Calgary Hitmen

2) Swift Current Broncos

3) Regina Pats

4) Lethbridge Hurricanes

5) Seattle Thunderbirds

6) Kamloops Blazers

7) Everett Silvertips

8) Prince Albert Raiders

9) Edmonton Oil Kings

10) Prince George Cougars

11) Brandon Wheat Kings

12) Chilliwack Bruins

13) Vancouver Giants

14) Moose Jaw Warriors

15) Kelowna Rockets

16) Tri-City Americans

17) Kootenay Ice

18) Medicine Hat Tigers

19) Spokane Chiefs

20) Portland Winterhawks

21) Red Deer Rebels

22) Saskatoon Blades

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