Four ICE tabbed for NHL in draft
Four members of the 2013/2014 Kootenay ICE were drafted during the NHL Entry Draft June 27 and 28.
Sam Reinhart was drafted second overall (first round) by the Buffalo Sabres, making him the highest drafted player in franchise history.
Defenceman Rinat Valiev, was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round, 68th overall) and sniper Jaedon Descheneau was drafted by the St. Louis Blues (fifth round, 124th overall).
Tanner Faith was also drafted in the fifth round by the Minnesota Wild (139th overall).
This is the second time in franchise history the ICE have had four players selected in the NHL Entry Draft (previously in 1997).
In total, nine players from the Western Hockey League were drafted in the first round, including Vancouver-raised Reinhart.
The rest of the players drafted in the first round
4. Edmonton Oilers – Leon Draisaitl; Cologne, GER; Prince Albert Raiders
6. Vancouver Canucks – Jake Virtanen; Abbotsford, BC; Calgary Hitmen
7. Carolina Hurricanes – Haydn Fleury; Carlyle, SK; Red Deer Rebels
14. Dallas Stars – Julius Honka; Jyvaskyla, FIN; Swift Current Broncos
17. Philadelphia Flyers – Travis Sanheim; Elkhorn, MB; Calgary Hitmen
23. Colorado Avalanche – Conner Bleakley; High River, AB; Red Deer Rebels
26. Montreal Canadiens – Nikita Scherbak; Moscow, RUS; Saskatoon Blades
30. New Jersey Devils – John Quenneville; Edmonton, AB; Brandon Wheat Kings.
A total of 37 WHL players were drafted in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.