ICE SELECT DEFENSEMAN

May 01, 2014 - 03:39 MDT

Calgary, AB – Garnet Kazuik, Director of Scouting for the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club today announced Defenseman Griffin Mendel has been selected 11th overall by the club in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.  The 25th annual WHL Bantam Draft began at 8:30 am today in Calgary and is for players born in 1999 and playing in the four Western Provinces and selected regions of the United States.

 

“We have been watching Mandal since he was 13 and although he is recovering from an injury there are many qualities in him we feel will make a great fit in our organization.,” commented Kazuik.  “He has a similar playing style to former ICE players Joey Leach and Brayden McNabb and is a big body and heavy hard player.  We are excited to welcome Griffin to the Kootenay ICE organization.” 

 

Mendel becomes the 19th first round draft pick in the history of the ICE franchise.

2013 Draft - Forward Jared Legien - 9th Overall

2012 Draft - Defenseman Tory Murray - 10th Overall

2011 Draft - Forward Collin Shirley - 17th Overall

2010 Draft – Forward Sam Reinhart – 15th Overall

2009 Draft – Forward Colby Cave – 13th Overall

2008 Draft – Forward Brendan Hurley – 15th Overall

2007 Draft – Forward Drew Czerwonka – 20th Overall

2006 Draft – Goaltender Nathan Lieuwen – 16th Overall

2005 Draft – Defenseman Jordan Wilkins – 20th Overall

2004 Draft – Defenseman John Negrin – 7th Overall

2003 Draft – Defenseman Todd Panchyson – 12th Overall

2003 Draft – Forward Ben Maxwell – 2nd Overall

2001 Draft – Forward Jeremy Schenderling – 19th Overall

2000 Draft – Forward Dale Mahovsky – 17th Overall

1999 Draft – Defenseman Andy Thompson – 7th Overall

1998 Draft – Goaltender Dan Blackburn – 3rd Overall

1997 Draft – Forward Jarret Stoll – 1st Overall

1996 Draft - Defenseman Steve McCarthy - 1st Overall

 

Griffin Mendel

Birthdate:  February 18, 1999           * Hometown:  Kelowna, BC

Position:  LD  * Height:  6’1”  * Weight::  185 lbs.

2013-2014 Team:  Okanagan Hockey Academy - OMAHA AAA