The Valley Wildcats brought home some Nova Scotia talent at this year’s Maritime Hockey League Draft. With the first overall pick, the Wildcats selected Ethan Landry from St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario.
The Halifax native played with the Halifax McDonalds before spending the last two seasons away in Ontario. In his final season at St. Andrew’s, Landry tallied 7 goals and 28 points in 54 games.
“I’m really excited to join the team,” says Landry. “I had some great conversations with Coach (Brandon) Benedict and heard awesome things about the Valley organization. I’m really excited for the season to start, whenever that may be.”
Wildcats Head Coach and General Manager, Brandon Benedict, says he believes Landry can come in right away and contribute. “We feel that he’s going to step into our forward group right away. He’s got the intangibles. His intelligence on the ice is his biggest attribute. Make players around him better, I think that’s what he does, his ability to create offence.”
The Wildcats made a total of ten selections in the MHL Draft, including their two territorial picks. Benedict says the team got a little bit of everything.
“We’re definitely building for the future. We got a lot of young kids. We got a lot of good character kids that we know want to come, and want to be part of this organization. That’s a huge component, and we put a huge emphasis on that this year.”
In addition to Landry, the Wildcats picked centre Aidan MacLeod, winger Zack Lorette, and defenceman Aidan Clarke from the U18 Kohltech Valley Wildcats team. Valley selected a pair of PEI defencemen in round four, Marshall Gallant and Crosby Andrews. In round seven, they landed goalie Marcus Pettipas from Lantz, who played U18 hockey in Pictou County last season. Round eight saw Valley take two players from the Dartmouth Steele Subaru U18 team, Hammonds Plains defenceman Joseph Power, and Sackville winger Jaden Hardie. Valley’s final selection was in round nine, as they took Cole Harbour Wolfpack defenceman Ethan Vallis from Lantz.
In total, one hundred and twenty players were drafted by the twelve MHL clubs during the draft event.