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Local stars shine in 2024 OHL Draft


DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard


The recent Ontario Hockey League (OHL) draft saw an impressive showing from our local talent as six promising players from the region secured spots on various teams on Friday, April 12th and Saturday, April 13th. Among them, Nolan Buttar, Bryson Morgan, Cody Wood, Ethan MacLeish, Tucker Roberts, and Matthew McKenna have proven their mettle and are poised to make their mark on the hockey scene.

The first three rounds of the draft took place on Friday evening, with one local player fortunate enough to hear his name called. Nolan Buttar, a forward hailing from Lindsay, emerged as a standout in the draft, securing a spot in the second round with the Kingston Frontenacs. Buttar's exceptional skills and determination have propelled him to this milestone moment in his career, and his selection is a testament to his hard work and dedication.

From Zephyr, centre Bryson Morgan impressed scouts and coaches alike, earning himself a spot in the fifth round with the Flint Firebirds. With his natural talent and relentless work ethic, Morgan is ready to take on the challenges of the OHL and make his mark on the ice.

Defenceman Cody Wood, representing Uxbridge, caught the attention of the London Knights, who selected him in the eighth round. Wood's defensive prowess and strategic play make him a valuable addition to any team, and he is sure to make his presence known on the ice.

Centre Ethan MacLeish, hailing from Cannington, earned a spot in the ninth round with the Brantford Bulldogs. MacLeish's versatility and skill make him a formidable force on the ice, and he is eager to showcase his talent at the next level.

Uxbridge forward Tucker Roberts found himself selected by the Sudbury Wolves in the tenth round, adding another local talent to their roster. Roberts' speed and agility make him a dynamic player on the ice, and he is ready to contribute to his new team's success.

Lastly, forward Matthew McKenna from the Central Ontario Wolves was chosen in the 15th round by the Peterborough Petes. McKenna's passion for the game and relentless drive make him a valuable asset to any team, and he is eager to prove himself in the competitive world of junior hockey.

As these six talented players embark on their OHL journeys, they carry with them the hopes and dreams of our community. We congratulate them on their achievements thus far and look forward to cheering them on as they continue to pursue their hockey dreams.

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