WHL ANNOUNCES BANTAM DRAFT LOTTERY RESULTS

Mar 21, 2012 - 05:29 MDT

Calgary, AB – The WHL Bantam Draft lottery was held today at the WHL Office in Calgary on Wednesday, March 21st, to determine the order of the first six selections in the first round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery involved the six non-playoff teams (Prince Albert, Prince George, Seattle, Lethbridge, Swift Current and Red Deer) from the 2011-12 season.

The Lottery selection process was performed by Dmitri Danilevitch from KPMG.  The 2012 WHL Bantam Draft will be held in Calgary, AB, on May 3, 2012.

A Seattle Thunderbirds ball was drawn first in the lottery, giving the Thunderbirds the first overall selection in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. The Prince Albert Raiders, based on their position in the overall 2011-12 WHL Regular Season standings, will receive the second pick in the first round. The Prince George Cougars will select third, followed by the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Swift Current Broncos and Red Deer Rebels, who will draft in the fourth, fifth and sixth positions, respectively.

The order of the second round and all other rounds will be the inverse order of final 2011-12 WHL regular-season standings.

Players eligible for the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft will be 1997-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.

2012 WHL BANTAM DRAFT
1st ROUND ORDER OF SELECTION

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

1). Seattle Thunderbirds
2). Prince Albert Raiders
3). Prince George Cougars
4). Lethbridge Hurricanes
5). Swift Current Broncos
6). Red Deer Rebels
7). Everett Silvertips
8). Victoria Royals
9). Kelowna Rockets
10). Kootenay Ice
11). Regina Pats
12). Brandon Wheat Kings
13). Saskatoon Blades
14). Spokane Chiefs
15). Vancouver Giants
16). Medicine Hat Tigers
17). Calgary Hitmen
18). Moose Jaw Warriors
19). Kamloops Blazers
20). Portland Winterhawks
21). Tri-City Americans
22). Edmonton Oil Kings

2nd ROUND AND ALL SUBSEQUENT ROUNDS
ORDER OF SELECTION

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

1)  Prince Albert Raiders
2)  Prince George Cougars
3)  Seattle Thunderbirds
4)  Everett Silvertips
5)  Victoria Royals
6)  Lethbridge Hurricanes
7)  Swift Current Broncos
8)  Red Deer Rebels
9). Kelowna Rockets
10). Kootenay Ice
11). Regina Pats
12). Brandon Wheat Kings
13). Saskatoon Blades
14). Spokane Chiefs
15). Vancouver Giants
16). Medicine Hat Tigers
17). Calgary Hitmen
18). Moose Jaw Warriors
19). Kamloops Blazers
20). Portland Winterhawks
21). Tri-City Americans
22). Edmonton Oil Kings