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Tigers Select 12 Players in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft

April 22, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Medicine Hat Tigers News Release

Medicine Hat, AB - The Medicine Hat Tigers selected 12 players today in the Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft.

Of the 12 players drafted six are forwards, one is a goaltender and five are defencemen, including first round draft pick Reid Andresen.

"We are really excited about this group. If you combine the last two drafts, we certainly feel we have a contender moving forward," said Director of Player Personnel Bobby Fox.

Below is a list of players drafted by the Orange and Black this year.

Round Selection Name Hometown Position 2019-20 Team Height Weight

1 11th Reid Andresen Saskatoon, SK D Saskatoon Generals BAA 5'7 125

2 39th Josh Van Mulligen Medicine Hat, AB D SEAC Tigers BAAA 6'0 169

3 51st Shane Smith Cessford, AB F Edge School Bantam Prep 5'10 159

3 54th Walker Gelbard West Vancouver, BC F West Vancouver Warriors Bantam Prep 5'7.5 153

3 61st Blake Ekren-Bratton Porcupine Plain, SK D North East Wolfpack BAA 6'0 178

5 105th Andrew Basha Calgary, AB F Calgary CRAA Royals BAAA 5'8 140

6 124th Hunter St. Martin Edmonton, AB F OHA Edmonton Bntm Prep 5'8.5 130

7 149th Lian Gayfer Kamloops, BC F Okanagan Rockets BAAA 5'8.5 146

8 163rd Caden Tremblay Port Alberni, BC D North Island Silvertips BAAA 5'9 140

8 171st Zach Zahara Airdrie, AB G Airdrie Xtreme BAAA 6'1 175

9 193rd Brett Calhoon Oliver, BC F Okanagan H.A. Bntm Prep 5'11 155

10 206th Cole Unger Medicine Hat, AB D SEAC Tigers BAAA 5'6 120

A few players from today's draft may be familiar names or faces for Tigers' fans as the Tabbies drafted two local players, Josh Van Mulligen (second round, 39th overall) and Cole Unger (10th round, 206th overall). They also drafted Shane Smith (third round, 51st overall) who played for the South East Athletic Club Tigers Bantam AAA team during the 2018-19 season. Lastly, rounding out the players with familiar names, the Orange and Black drafted Hunter St. Martin (sixth round, 124th overall) who is the son of Tigers Alumnus Blair St. Martin.

The Tigers would like to congratulate all the players drafted today and look forward to watching them develop into future WHL players.

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