By Kevin Scott
GREAT FALLS, Mont., June 10, 2014 — The Great Falls Americans Junior A Hockey team received some great talented athletes at the 2014 NA3HL Entry Draft on Tuesday night.
The 12-round draft was conducted live on na3hldraft.com with all 31 North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) teams taking part in the amateur draft with each team selecting once per round unless the team acquired or lost selections due to approved trades with other NA3HL clubs. Amateur players who are younger than 21 before the end of December 2014 who are either not listed on a NA3HL roster or who are listed on a roster but played in less than 10 regular season or playoff games during this past season were eligible to have been selected. The players also must have not accepted a tender from any of the NA3HL clubs before the 2013 NA3HL Draft.
The new NA3HL clubs, including the seven teams from the American West Hockey League that moved to the new league for the 2014-15 season, had their order of selection determined by a lottery with the Americans getting the 28th overall pick in the first round. The other teams in the league made selections in reverse order from their 2013-14 regular season finish based on their winning percentage. Undrafted players are still able to participate and are encouraged to come to open tryout camps. There were a total of 372 players that were selected during the draft this year.
The NA3HL, entering their fifth season in 2014-15, is one of USA Hockey’s top sanctioned Tier III Junior hockey leagues and helps train young athletes by having the best coaching, exposure and developmental vehicles available in the country.
Great Falls selected Miles Giorgione, a defender from the Alaska Jr. Aces team, with the 28th overall pick in the first round. Giorgione’s teammates Jesse Johnson and Kris Tomazevic were also selected by the Americans in the following rounds.
Click here to view the full results of the 2014 NA3HL Entry Draft.
The 2014 North American 3 Hockey League Draft that took place on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 online at na3hldraft.com. Below is the draft picks for the Great Falls Americans:
The 2014-15 Americans draft selections are posted below.
|Rd.||Overall Pick||Player||Pos.||Previous Team||Pick Traded From|
|1||20||Miles Giorgione||D||Alaska Jr. Aces||Wisconsin Whalers|
|2||59||Jesse Johnson||D||Alaska Jr. Aces||—|
|3||90||Kris Tomazevic||F||Alaska Jr. Aces||—|
|4||121||Jack Sumner||D||Colorado Rampage||—|
|5||152||Sam Carlson||F||Bemidji High School||—|
|6||183||Michael Miller||F||Soo Indians U18||—|
|8||245||Lauren Massie||G||Compete Hockey Academy||—|
|9||276||Jake Eubank||F||Kenai Ice Hawks||—|
|10||307||Ben Joseph||F||Littleton Hawks||—|
|12||369||Nathan Zorbas||D||Kenai Ice Hawks||—|
Story Courtesy: North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL): NA3HL announces results of 2014 Entry Draft (June 10, 2014)