The Winnipeg Blues made four selections at the 2019 Manitoba Junior Hockey League Draft on Sunday. 06/09/19

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Blues made four selections at the 2019 Manitoba Junior Hockey League Draft on Sunday.

Below is information about each draft pick:

KYLE GRYSIUK – FORWARD

The Winnipeg Blues selected Kyle Grysiuk in the first round (sixth overall).

Grysiuk played 29 regular season games with RHA Bantam Prep of the CSSHL during the 2018-2019 campaign. The Winnipeg, MB native scored 13 goals and added 11 assists for 24 points in those 29 games. He also recorded three assists in three playoff games.

Grysiuk is a 2019 seventh round draft pick of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds.

EVAN FRIESEN – FORWARD

The Winnipeg Blues selected Evan Friesen in the second round (19th overall).

The Winnipeg, MB native scored seven goals and added nine assists for 16 points in 29 regular season games with RHA Bantam Prep of the CSSHL during the 2018-2019 campaign. Friesen added one assist in three playoff games.

RYLAN RINGOR – FORWARD

The Winnipeg Blues selected Rylan Ringor in the third round (23rd overall).

The Winnipeg, MB native played 30 regular season games with the OHA Mavericks Major Bantam of the Ontario East Bantam AAA Hockey League during the 2018-2019 campaign. Ringor scored seven goals and added nine assists for 16 points in those 30 games. He also added two goals in five playoff games.

ETHAN BUENAVENTURA – GOALTENDER

The Winnipeg Blues selected Ethan Buenaventura in the sixth round (58th overall).

The Winnipeg, MB native suited up for RHA Bantam Prep of the CSSHL during the 2018-2019 regular season. In 14 games, the goaltender posted a 2.48 goals against average and a .925 save percentage.

Buenaventura was a 2019 fourth round draft pick of the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen.

ABOUT THE WINNIPEG BLUES

The Winnipeg Blues – based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – is a team within the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The team was founded in 1930 and is formerly known as the Winnipeg Monarchs, Fort Garry Blues and Winnipeg South Blues.

The Blues/ Monarchs franchise has won 17 Turnbull Cups as MJHL champions, two Anavet Cups and six Abbott Cups. The Monarchs were also three-time Memorial Cup champions. The 1995 Winnipeg South Blues have been inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame under the team category.

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EIGHT WHL GOALTENDERS INVITED TO HOCKEY CANADA’S PROGRAM OF EXCELLENCE GOALTENDING CAMP 06/03/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2019
 
Calgary, Alta. – Eight WHL goaltenders have been invited to Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp in preparation for the 2019-20 season with a four-day goaltending camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
 
The camp brings together the top goaltending talent and elite-level instructors from across the country. They serve as the initial evaluation stage for summer development and selections camps for Canada’s national teams.
 
The Program of Excellence goaltending camp, set for June 5-8, will welcome 26 male goaltenders, including 10 at the under-20 level, four at the under-18 level and 12 in the under-17 category. Of those groupings, four WHL goaltenders have been invited to participate at the under-20 level, one at the under-18 level, and three at the under-17 level.

Leading the way at the under-20 level are WHL goaltenders Roman Basran (Abbotsford, B.C. / Kelowna Rockets), Taylor Gauthier (Calgary, Alta. / Prince George Cougars), Nolan Maier (Yorkton, Sask. / Saskatoon Blades), and Trent Miner (Brandon, Man. / Vancouver Giants). The quartet of goaltenders are on the radar of the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting service ahead of the 2019 NHL Draft later this month in Vancouver, B.C. In April’s final rankings, Miner was the top-ranked goaltender of the four invited, coming in at sixth among North American goaltenders. Gauthier is ranked seventh, Basran is 18th, and Maier is 22nd.

At the under-18 level, Dylan Garand (Victoria, B.C. / Kamloops Blazers) earned an invitation. Garand was part of the driving force behind the Blazers securing a playoff spot in the final 10 days of the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season, posting a 5-0-1-0 record, 1.63 goals-against average, a .939 save percentage, and one shutout down the stretch. Garand then won the ensuing tiebreaker game on March 19, 2019 against the Rockets, stopping 27 of 28 shots.

Invited to participate in the camp at the under-17 level were a trio of WHL goaltenders in Tyler Brennan (Winnipeg, Man. / Prince George Cougars), Thomas Milic (Coquitlam, B.C. / Seattle Thunderbirds), and Drew Sim (Tees, Alta. / Vancouver Giants). All three goaltenders were selected in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft and represented their respective provinces at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta.
 

Level Name Hometown WHL Team
U20 Roman Basran Abbotsford, B.C. Kelowna Rockets
U20 Taylor Gauthier Calgary, Alta. Prince George Cougars
U20 Nolan Maier Yorkton, Sask. Saskatoon Blades
U20 Trent Miner Brandon, Man.  Vancouver Giants
U18 Dylan Garand Victoria, B.C. Kamloops Blazers
U17 Tyler Brennan Winnipeg, Man. Prince George Cougars
U17 Thomas Milic Coquitlam, B.C. Seattle Thunderbirds
U17 Drew Sim Tees, Alta. Vancouver Giants


All on-ice sessions are open to the public and media.
 
For more information on Hockey Canada, the Program of Excellence and National Women’s Program, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.
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