Less than a week after six Brantford 99ers were taken in the Ontario Hockey League’s minor midget draft, three more players with ties to the Brantford Minor Hockey Association were selected on Wednesday night as the OHL held its major midget draft.
Ellis Rickwood, Terry Bridgland and Ben Edwards were three of the 54 players selected in the OHL’s third annual under-18 midget AAA Priority Selection.
Rickwood, a five-foot-eight, 152-pound forward, was selected in the first round (10th overall) by the Peterborough Petes. He led the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario in scoring this past season with 16 goals and 48 assists.
Edwards, a former goalie with the 99ers, was selected in the second round (30th overall) by the Petes. The five-foot-11, 172-pound netminder played with the Greater Toronto Hockey League’s Toronto Titans this past season.
Bridgland, a Stoney Creek native who played for the 99ers this season, was chosen in the second round (40th overall) by the Ottawa 67’s. The five-foot-10, 157-pound skater is a forward.
The draft was open to major midget AAA players with 2001 and ’02 birth years. OHL clubs were required to pick two players, unless one of their selections was a goalie. Teams picking a goalie were also given a third-round player selection.