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From Shane Wright to Dyllan Gill, the 2022 NHL Draft was all about Canadian
hockey.

In total, more than one-third of the players who had their names called in
Montreal – 90 of 225 – hail from the true north strong and free.

Those players include representation from 11 Members, and 28 who have worn
the Maple Leaf in international competition – including four gold
medallists from the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship.

The red-and-white run started early, with Shane Wright going No. 4 to the
Seattle Kraken. The Burlington, Ont., native captained Canada Black at the
2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the gold medal-winning U18 team in
2021, and played for Canada’s National Junior Team at the cancelled 2022
IIHF World Junior Championship last winter.

Wright was the first of nine Canadians selected in the first round,
including three from Manitoba – Conor Geekie (No. 11 to Arizona), Denton
Mateychuk (No. 12 to Columbus) and Owen Pickering (No. 21 to Pittsburgh).

The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) was well represented among the Canadian
contingent; 71 of the 90 players selected – including all nine of the
first-round picks – were products of CHL programs, from 36 different teams.
The Ontario Hockey League led the way with 29 picks, followed by the
Western Hockey League with 27 and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
with 15.

The North Bay Battalion (Arnsby, DiVincentiis, Jackson, Mathurin, Nelson)
and Swift Current Broncos (Davies, Dyck, Filmon, Hvidston, Pickering) paced
all club teams with five players selected, while the Guelph Storm
(Buchinger, Karabela, Poitras, Zhilkin), Kamloops Blazers (Kuefler,
Lindgren, Minten, Seminoff) and Seattle Thunderbirds (Davidson, Gustafson,
Korchinski, Schaefer) had four apiece.

CANADIAN PLAYERS DRAFTED – BY MEMBER

Ontario Hockey Federation (30) – Liam Arnsby, Owen Beck, Michael Buchinger,
Nolan Collins, Luca Del Bel Belluz, Domenic DiVincentiis, Lucas Edmonds,
Jackson Edward, George Fegaras, Isaiah George, David Gucciardi, Hunter
Haight, Stephen Halliday, Jake Karabela, Christian Kyrou, Amadeus Lombardi,
Paul Ludwinski, Matthew Maggio, Tnias Mathurin, Bryce McConnell-Barker,
Owen Mehlenbacher, Nick Moldenhauer, Matthew Morden, Ty Nelson, Cole
O’Hara, Matthew Poitras, Tucker Robertson, Jack Sparkes, Shane Wright,
Danny Zhilkin

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