Five members of the Brantford 99ers under-16 AAA team were selected in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) priority selection, including a pair in the first round.
Lucas Karmiris, a Brantford native, was selected in the first round, 13th overall by the Mississauga Steelheads. The right-handed centre had 84 points in 34 games this season, including 44 goals. He also had 22 points in nine playoff games. Prior to the draft, Karmiris was named the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario’s under-16 AAA player of the year.
Marek Vanacker was also selected in the first round, going 23rd overall. The left-winger from Delhi was selected by the Hamilton Bulldogs. Vanacker played 30 games this season and tallied 25 goals and 33 assists. He added 15 points in nine playoff games.
Braydon McCallum, from Simcoe, was next to be selected from the 99ers going 69th overall in the fourth round to the Peterborough Petes. The right-handed centre had 64 points in 34 regular season games, and 17 points in nine playoff games.
Mississauga claimed their second 99er of the draft, taking Gabriel Chiarot in the seventh round with the 136th overall pick. The right-winger, a native of Hamilton, had 35 points in his 31 regular season games and 10 points in nine playoff games.
Brantford’s fifth and final player drafted was Tommy Kamiris, from Brantford. The left-winger was selected by the Kingston Frontenacs in the ninth round, 155th overall. Kamiris had 53 points in 33 regular season games and 15 points in nine playoff games.
The 99ers tied with the London Jr. Knights atop the Alliance regular season standings. They faced off against each other in the championship series where the Jr. Knights swept the 99ers in two games.