The Victoria Royals used their first selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft to select local product Nolan Bentham.
The 6-2, 179 lb defenceman spent the 2017-18 season with the Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep team of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL).
Bentham played in 30 games for Yale where he earned 22 points (5g-17a) to go with 34 penalty minutes.
“We are very excited to have Nolan join our family,” President & General Manager Cameron Hope said in a release. “He is a big, smart, mobile defender who plays a strong game in all zones. He’s an excellent skater with a hard shot who makes plays at speed. The fact that he is from the South Island is a bonus.”
Bentham is also a former member of the Victoria Racquet Club.
Congratulations to Racquet Club alumnus Nolan Bentham! https://t.co/zF2wgUm1T5
— VRCMHA (@VRChockey) May 3, 2018
Overall the Royals made 12 selections in draft that was held in Red Deer Alberta. They took 6 forwards, 5 defenseman and a goaltender. Four of the players were from the island including Bentham.
Here is a full list:
2018 Victoria Royals Bantam Selections
|R||#||Team||Player Name||P||H||W||DOB||Last Team||Hometown|
|1||13||Victoria||Bentham, Nolan||D||6.02||180||06/12/2003||Yale H.A. Bntm Prep||Victoria, BC|
|3||52||Victoria||Hodson, Matty||F||5.07||135||07/08/2003||Saskatoon Outlaws BAA||Saskatoon, SK|
|5||103||Victoria||Crane, Trentyn||F||5.08||159||02/02/2003||Pembina Valley Hawks||Morden, MB|
|6||117||Victoria||Smith, Braden||D||5.11||165||04/07/2003||Thompson Zone Blazers||Kamloops, BC|
|7||147||Victoria||Newans, Cage||F||6.00||170||05/15/2003||Delta H.A. Bntm Prep||Parksville, BC|
|8||165||Victoria||Maddocks, Keegan||G||6.00||160||04/14/2003||Pac-Coast H.A Bntm Prep||Langford, BC|
|8||167||Victoria||Senden, Karsten||D||6.01||170||01/06/2003||Anchorage N Stars 14U||Anchorage, AK|
|8||168||Victoria||Alexander, Christopher||C||02/20/2003||Shattuck-St. Mary Sabres||Santa Clarita, CA|
|8||170||Victoria||Bazin, Roux||F||5.08||149||05/26/2003||Pembina Valley Hawks||Treherne, MB|
|9||189||Victoria||Hampton, Graeme||D||5.09||153||05/11/2003||St. Albert Sabres BAAA||Sturgeon County, AB|
|10||200||Victoria||Roloson, Ross||D||5.10||155||01/30/2003||Shawnigan Lake Bntm Prep||Victoria|
|11||233||Victoria||Huxley, Brett||C||5.10||140||06/27/2003||Calgary CNHA Northstar||Calgary, AB|