Thursday, 7 May 2015

Addison Goes Second Overall in WHL Draft

Calen Addison (Photo courtesy Milana Paddock Photography)
  Calen Addison put his name into the record books Thursday, becoming the highest ever Brandonite selected in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

  Addison was chosen second overall by the Lethbridge Hurricanes after a season that included 45 goals and 76 points in 31 games with the Brandon AAA Bantam Wheat Kings during the 2014-2015 regular season.

  Addison is going to a team that hasn't had a lot of on-ice success in recent seasons but he says he's looking forward to being part of the turnaround in Lethbridge.

  "To be able to be part of that turnaround is a huge honour.  I just hope we can get things turned around quick and I can be part of that," said Addison, "Get that place turned around and hopefully turn into a great team like they've had in the past."

  The 5-foot-9, 160 pound defenceman is part of a growing trend that sees smaller puck-moving defencemen being coveted by WHL teams, and Addison doesn't feel his size will be a factor at all.
  "My size is my greatest factor but I think I play a big game," said Addison, "I like to make a good first pass, join into the rush, use my puck skills and lay the body the odd time and play a tough defensive game that can lead of offence."
  Addison was one of six Manitobans selected in the first round of the Bantam Draft.
  Among the others was Grandview's Koby Morrisseau going 9th overall to the Spokane Chiefs and Foxwarren's Dawson Barteaux being selected 14th overall by the Regina Pats.

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