Everett takes 15-year-old defenceman from Kamloops 11th overall

Four local bantams selected in draft

Before Thursday, Kevin Davis knew exactly one thing about the Everett Silvertips - Ryan Murray.

Now Davis knows at least two things about the WHL franchise.

Davis, a 15-year-old defenceman from Kamloops, was selected 11th overall by Everett in the WHL bantam draft Thursday in Calgary. Davis, the seventh B.C. player and third defenceman drafted, was one of four Kamloops bantams selected.

The draft started at 7:30 a.m., local time, so Davis was able to see his name pop up on his home computer as he was getting ready to head off to Westsyde Secondary for a day of school.

"I was pretty excited," Davis said. "I never thought a team would really want me."

The Silvertips definitely wanted the smooth defenceman, who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 155 pounds. Playing with the Jardine's Blazers in 2011-12, Davis had 46 points, 31 of them assists, in 49 games. He also had three goals and an assist at the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament, where he was an all-star and the Blazers finished fourth.
The Silvertips, in a news release, praised Davis's skating and puck movement, along with his hockey sense.

"My skating and vision are pretty good," said Davis, in what the Silvertips would surely consider an understatement. "I think I'm pretty smart out there too."

As for what Davis likes about the Silvertips . . . well, he admits he doesn't know a whole lot. He did get a phone call from the organization, but really only knew about defenceman Ryan Murray, who starred for the Silvertips the last three seasons and is expected to be a high first-rounder in this summer's NHL draft.

"I really like him as a player," Davis said.

It should get him excited then, that Murray, who is from White City, Sask., was the Silvertips' top selection (ninth overall) in the 2008 bantam draft. Murray's brother, Troy, a 14-year-old defenceman, was chosen one spot above Davis (10th overall) by the Kootenay Ice on Thursday.

After being drafted, Davis had to keep his emotions in check - he did have to spend the day at school, after all. But, when he got to Westsyde, he wasn't able to keep a low profile.

"They put it on the announcements," Davis said. "Twice."

Apparently, the person reading the announcements didn't realize the team that originally held the 11th pick, the Regina Pats, had traded it to the Prince George Cougars, who traded it to the Silvertips on Thursday.

"They said for the Regina Pats, originally," Davis said. "Then they came back on . . . and said, 'Sorry about that last announcement.' "

The people at school were nice enough, however, to allow Davis to occasionally pop out of class to check the remainder of the draft on school computers.

There, he was able to catch the names of teammates Nick Chyzowski, Alex Winters and Maxwell James show up on screen.

Chyzowski, a 5-foot-11 centre/left-winger, was chosen in the second round, 44th overall, by the Kamloops Blazers, while Winters, a 6-foot-0 defenceman, went to the Red Deer Rebels in the sixth round, 118th overall. James, a 6-foot-1 left-winger, went later in the sixth round, 131st, to the Tri-City Americans.

"I stayed home from school and watched the news feed with my dad," said Chyzowski, who missed his first block at Valleyview Secondary. "When my name came up, we jumped up and cheered."

It's a pretty big deal for the 14-year-old Chyzowski, whose dad, Dave, spent parts of three seasons with the Blazers and was drafted second overall in the 1989 NHL draft. Dave Chyzowski now is the team's director of sales and marketing.

"He loves it - he's so excited," said Nick, who had 41 goals and 43 assists in 49 games with the bantams in 2011-12. "This is a great opportunity for me and my family."

Chyzowski is the eighth Kamloops player to be drafted by the Blazers over the past 18 bantam drafts, but none of the previous seven was drafted higher than 47th overall.

Winters played in 44 games with the Jardine's Blazers last season, scoring 14 goals and assisting on 21 others while adding 66 penalty minutes. James had 18 goals and 17 assists, along with 135 penalty minutes, in 52 games last season.
mhunter@kamloopsnews.ca

THE LOCALS

Kamloops players drafted in the WHL bantam draft:

2012: 11. D Kevin Davis, Everett; 44. F Nick Chyzowski, Kamloops; 118. D Alex Winters, Red Deer; 131. F Maxwell James, Tri-City.

2011: 6. F Ryan Gropp, Seattle; 12. D Joe Hicketts, Victoria; 62. F Chad Butcher, Medicine Hat; 70. D Matt Murray, Kootenay; 182. G Liam McLeod, Kamloops; 206. F Mitchell Barker, Prince Albert; 221. G Kyle Michalovsky, Calgary.

2010: None.

2009: 52. C Morgan Zulinick, Edmonton; 145. G Wade Moyls, Edmonton.

2008: 61. LW Brock Balson, Prince Albert.

2007: 99. LW Ryan Hanes, Kamloops; 155. D Spencer Donaldson, Edmonton.

2006: 55. RW Brody Moen, Everett; 198. D Matt Cumming, Prince George.

2005: 106. C Mark Hall, Kamloops.

2004: 17. D Justin Palazzo, Prince Albert; 72. C Riley Nash, Swift Current; 94. D Collin Lidster, Kamloops; 129. G Kyle McBratney, Prince George; 196. D Tanner Wilson, Red Deer.

2003: None.

2002: 75. D Brendan Nash, Vancouver; 164. LW Troy Ofukany, Kelowna.

2001: 27. D Curtis Cooper, Prince George; 55. D Mark Wilson, Kootenay; 77. C Joel Leonard, Vancouver; 91. G Jim Patterson, Prince George; 159. C Ryan Bullock, Regina.

2000: 74. C Wayne Wittal, Spokane; 111. D Tyler Boice, Tri-City; 158. C Blair Riley, Prince George.

1999: 9. C Ryan Robinson, Lethbridge; 81. G Brandon Cross, Kelowna; 91. D Ashton Scordo, Swift Current.

1998: 42. D Chris Heid, Spokane; 68. C Brad Priestlay, Edmonton.

1997: 47. D Trevor Lindros, Kamloops; 118. Will Christian, Moose Jaw; 130. RW Aaron Winterholt, Tri-City; 131. D Ryan Chieduch, Prince George; 153. LW Ryan Singer, Moose Jaw.

1996: 23. D Darcy Robinson, Saskatoon; 109. C Craig Priestlay, Edmonton; 141. LW Brett Draney, Kamloops; 174. G Bill Dick, Kamloops; 187. G Clint Harper, Spokane.

1995: 9. D Darrell Hay, Tri-City; 13. D Randy Lindros, Tacoma; 46. D Taylor Bradley, Swift Current; 69. LW Shane Lukinchuk, Calgary.

(SOURCE: WHL.)

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