Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League Bantam Draft lottery will be held Wednesday, March 21 at 11 a.m. (MDT) at the WHL Office in Calgary to determine the order of the first six selections in the first round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.
The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery will involve the six non-playoff teams (Edmonton, Prince George, Calgary, Kootenay, Kamloops and Saskatoon) from the 2017-18 season. A team may only move up a maximum of two positions in the WHL Bantam Draft.
The lottery will be streamed live on WHL.ca, Facebook and YouTube Live commencing at 11 a.m. MDT.
The lottery selection process will be performed by Braden Smith from KPMG. The 2018 WHL Bantam Draft will be held in Red Deer, AB, on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
The order of the second round and all other rounds will be the inverse order of final 2017-18 WHL regular season standings.
Players eligible for the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft will be 2003-born players who reside in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.