WINNIPEG, MB - The Manitoba Junior Hockey League held their annual Bantam Draft Sunday morning at the Canad Inns by Polo Park in Winnipeg.
This year was a little different than other recent ones for the Dauphin Kings as the club did not trade or acquire any picks from the previous seasons, so they remained in all six spots throughout the selection process.
Dauphin's first pick (5th overall) saw the team grab forward Ethan Williment. Williment spent last season with the Bantam Winnipeg Warriors, putting up a solid 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points in 34 regular season contests. Williment also has ties to Dauphin, with a number of family members living in the area.
In the second round (16th overall) the Kings took Interlake forward Brayden Stevenson. The left hander had 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points in 34 outings last season with the Lightning.
The third round (27th overall) had Dauphin moving to the back end, picking up D-man Ben Bonni from the Winnipeg Sharks. The blueliner had six goals and 15 assists for 21 points in 33 affairs with Winnipeg in 2018-19.
Dauphin returned to the Parkland in the fourth round (38th overall), securing forward Drake Pahl from the Bantam Rangers. The big Ste.Rose forward, who had five goals and 13 assists in 2018-19, joins Rylan Gibbs (Dauphin) and Marco Bodnarski (Dauphin) as the three Parkland players the Kings drafted this June.
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The Kings' second to last pick (49th overall) went back to Winnipeg where they took forward Sean Williams from the Rink Hockey Academy. Williams had eight goals and eight assists for 16 points in 22 contests last year.
Finally Dauphin's last pick (60th overall) went to the Southwest region of the province where they took their second D-man of the event in Zach Turner. The Boissevain product was very good on the back side for the Cougars, scoring 20 goals and adding eight assists in 36 tilts.
Along with the MJHL Draft over the weekend the Dauphin Kings, as well as the rest of the league, solidified their 2019-20 schedule. Some key dates include the Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy Home Opener on Saturday September 21st (Swan Valley), Tractor Lotto Draw Night Sunday December 8th (Virden), Treaty 2 Night returns on Saturday December 21st (Wayway), Parent & Pride Night Friday January 17th (Portage) and Ruff's Furniture Ukrainian Night is back Saturday January 25th (Swan Valley).
The full MJHL schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
For more on this weekend, Sunday's MJHL Draft and what lies ahead for the Dauphin Kings, listen to Kings Head Coach & GM Doug Hedley above!