CSSHL at the WHL Draft: 2015

The 2014-15 season marked the first season the Canadian Sport School Hockey League offered a U15 Prep Division, making the 2015 WHL Draft the first time full-time CSSHL students were eligible.

Ty Smith of the Delta Hockey Academy made history, becoming the first CSSHL student athlete to be selected at the WHL Draft, as well as the first CSSHL student athlete to be selected first overall.

In total, 36 CSSHL student athletes were drafted, with 56% of all eligible student athletes in the U15 Prep Division being selected.

Smith was named the 2015 CSSHL U15 Prep Division MVP after the defenceman posted 28 points (9-19-28) in 16 games.

The Lloydminster, Alta. would go on to star with the Spokane Chiefs having just wrapped up his fourth WHL Season, the last two of which he was team captain. He was selected in the first round, 17th overall, by the New Jersey Devils at the 2018 NHL Draft and twice represented Canada at the World Juniors, winning gold in 2020.

Smith was named the 2018 WHL Scholastic Player of the Year and the 2019 WHL and CHL Defenceman of the Year.

Two other CSSHL student athletes were selected in the first round as Tyler Popowich of the Okanagan Hockey Academy was selected third overall by the Vancouver Giants, while Tristen Nielsen of the Edge School went 20th overall to the Calgary Hitmen.

Adam Evanoff of the Okanagan Hockey Academy became the first student athlete from the U15 Division to be selected, going in the 10th round to the Moose Jaw Warriors. Evanoff has spent the past four seasons in the WHL.

 

ROUND

OVERALL

TEAM

STUDENT ATHLETE

CSSHL PROGRAM

1

1

Spokane ChiefsTy SmithDelta Hockey Academy

1

3

Vancouver GiantsTy PopowichOkanagan Hockey Academy

1

20

Calgary HitmenTristen NielsenEdge School

2

30

Moose Jaw WarriorsAustin ChorneyEdge School

2

35

Victoria RoyalsMitchell ProwseOkanagan Hockey Academy

2

36

Red Deer RebelsEli ZummackPursuit of Excellence

3

45

Saskatoon BladesMatthew MosherDelta Hockey Academy

3

49

Tri-City AmericansSeth BafaroOkanagan Hockey Academy

3

54

Swift Current BroncosEthan MartiniEdge School

4

69

Red Deer RebelsBrendan BudyDelta Hockey Academy

4

70

Portland WinterhawksTy KolleOkanagan Hockey Academy

4

82

Kamloops BlazersLuke ZazulaDelta Hockey Academy

4

84

Kamloops BlazersBrodi StuartDelta Hockey Academy

4

88

Brandon Wheat KingsBreandon PeacockOkanagan Hockey Academy

5

93

Tri-City AmericansKeltie Jeri-LeonOkanagan Hockey Academy

6

113

Kelowna RocketsKelvin HairOkanagan Hockey Academy

6

121

Everett SilvertipsEthan ScardinaDelta Hockey Academy

6

123

Kootenay IceBobby RussellDelta Hockey Academy

6

131

Kelowna RocketsKyle PowPursuit of Excellence

7

134

Lethbridge HurricanesShawn HarkePursuit of Excellence

7

147

Seattle ThunderbirdsTyson TerrettaPursuit of Excellence

7

153

Kelowna RocketsJames PorterEdge School

8

162

Moose Jaw WarriorsColeton BilodeauPursuit of Excellence

8

163

Spokane ChiefsLuke GallagherEdge School

8

168

Regina PatsRiley KraneOkanagan Hockey Academy

8

170

Red Deer RebelsSpencer McHardyEdge School

8

176

Saskatoon BladesPowell ConnorPursuit of Excellence

9

180

Kamloops BlazersTanner BahmOkanagan Hockey Academy

9

183

Prince George CougarsZach MinakerOkanagan Hockey Academy

9

189

Victoria RoyalsLach HadleyDelta Hockey Academy

9

193

Portland WinterhawksJonathan ReesOkanagan Hockey Academy

9

197

Kelowna RocketsTrevor GulenchynPursuit of Excellence

10

201

Vancouver GiantsJack JudsonDelta Hockey Academy

10

210

Kootenay IceLucas GaudetPursuit of Excellence

10

219

Moose Jaw WarriorsAdam EvanoffOkanagan Hockey Academy

11

225

Saskatoon BladesJordan WildePursuit of Excellence