Winterhawks Bantam Draft Preview

This Thursday, May 3rd, is the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, which is being held in Red Deer, Alberta. The draft is where each team in the Western Hockey League selects the players that they hope will one day make up their rosters, and eventually, lead their franchise to a WHL Title.

Recent Winterhawks’ teams have been overwhelmingly built through the draft, rather than by trades. Cody Glass, Skyler McKenzie, Kieffer Bellows, Alex Overhardt, Keoni Texeira, Brendan De Jong and several other players were all selected in the WHL Bantam Draft.

This year the Hawks will have the 19th overall selection in the first round. Some notables players that have been selected 19th overall in past Bantam drafts include Dylan Cozens (LET, 2016), Cody Glass (POR, 2014), Jayden Halbgewachs (KAM, 2012) and current NHL’ers Evander Kane (VAN, 2006) and Tyler Myers (KEL, 2005).

If you plan on following along this Thursday, we’ll be updating the results of the Bantam Draft live here at, as well as live tweeting out the Bantam Draft picks on our twitter page.

The first round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft is scheduled for 7:30 am (PT) on Thursday and will be streamed live on the WHL website.



2018 First Round Draft Order:

  1. Edmonton Oil Kings
  2. Kootenay ICE
  3. Prince Albert Raiders
  4. Calgary Hitmen
  5. Kamloops Blazers
  6. Saskatoon Blades
  7. Red Deer Rebels
  8. Lethbridge Hurricanes
  9. Prince George Cougars
  10. Seattle Thunderbirds
  11. Medicine Hat Tigers
  12. Vancouver Giants
  13. Victoria Royals
  14. Tri-City Americans
  15. Brandon Wheat Kings
  16. Red Deer Rebels (via Regina)
  17. Spokane Chiefs
  18. Kelowna Rockets
  19. Portland Winterhawks
  20. Edmonton Oil Kings (via Everett)
  21. Prince George Cougars (via Swift Current)
  22. Moose Jaw Warriors


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.

Season tickets for the 2018-19 Winterhawks season are officially on-sale now!

CLICK HERE to request more information on purchasing season tickets for next year.

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