Great Falls Americans make picks in 2017 NA3HL Entry Draft

By Kevin Scott

FRISCO, TX., June 13, 2017 — The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) held their annual NA3HL Entry Draft for the 2017-18 season on Tuesday, June 13th. The eight round draft was conducted for the first time ever with round-by-round coverage on the NA3HL’s official broadcast partner, HockeyTV with results posted on the NA3HL Draft website, www.na3hldraft.com.

During the 2017 NA3HL Entry Draft on Tuesday, June 13th, the Great Falls Americans Junior A Hockey team have drafted eight players.

To be eligible for the draft, amateur players under 21 years of age on December 31, 2017 who are not on an NA3HL squad or are listed on an NA3HL team roster but played less than 10 NA3HL regular season and/or playoff games during the 2016-17 season. Players could not have accepted a tender from an NA3HL team prior to the 2017 draft are eligible to be selected in the draft.

The league’s 47 teams participated in the draft that began at 4:00PM (MST) with the draft taken place live online at (www.na3hldraft.com), through the NA3HL Twitter feed (@NA3HL) and fans listened for free through, HockeyTV, the official broadcast partner of the league. Each team selected one pick during each round unless the team acquired or lost selections due to approved trades with other NA3HL clubs. The new clubs, who didn’t have a team for the 2016-17 season, had their order of selection determined by a lottery.

The NA3HL, entering their eighth season in 2017-18, 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. During this past season, there were over 130 players in the NA3HL who made commitments in college or at the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).

The league now has teams in 19 states and will be divided into eight divisions (Central, Coastal, Frontier, Northeast, South, Northeast, East and West).

The eligible teams made selections in reverse order from their 2017-18 regular season finish based on their winning percentage. The new clubs that didn’t compete last season had their order of selection determined by a lottery.

Undrafted players are still able to participate and are encouraged to come to open tryout camps. There was a total of 375 players that were selected during the draft this year.

The Americans selected two forwards, five defensemen and one goaltender. The Americans, under the direction of Head Coach/General Manager Jeff Heimel, had the 44th overall pick and selected defenseman Gage Hanson and Jett Shibata (defenseman, 2nd round, 91st pick), Ross Hanson (forward, 3rd Round, 138th pick), Ethan Peterson (goaltender, 4th round, 185th pick), Chase Davidson (defenseman, 5th round, 232th pick), Cole Thompson (defenseman, 6h round,279th pick), Joey Schommer (forward, 7th round, 326th pick), and Cory Dennis (defenseman, 8th round, 373rd pick).

Click here to view the full results of the 2017 NA3HL Entry Draft.

The 2017-18 Americans draft selections are posted below.

Rd. Overall Pick Player Pos. Previous Team Pick Traded To/From
1 44 Gage Hanson D Carolina Eagles
2 91 Jett Shibata D LA Kings U18
3 138 Ross Hanson F Colorado Thunderbirds 18U
4 185 Ethan Peterson G Iowa Wild 18U
5 232 Chase Davidson D Sioux Falls Stampede 18U
6 279 Cole Thompson D Minnesota Iron Rangers
7 326 Joey Schommer F Tartan High School
8 373 Cory Dennis D Dryden Ice Dogs

Story Courtesy: North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL): NA3HL announces results of 2017 draft (June 14, 2017)