Portland Winter Hawks to select First Overall in 2009 WHL Bantam Draft

By League Press Release

Calgary, AB – The WHL Bantam Draft lottery was held today at the WHL Office in Calgary to determine the order of the first six selections in the first round of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.
The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery involved the six non-playoff teams (Chilliwack, Moose Jaw, Portland, Prince Albert, Red Deer and Regina) from the 2008-09 season.
The Lottery selection process was performed by a representative from KPMG.  The 2009 WHL Bantam Draft will be held in Edmonton on Thursday, April 30, 2009.
A Portland Winter Hawks ball was drawn first in the lottery, giving the Winter Hawks the first overall selection in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft. The Moose Jaw Warriors, based on their position in the overall 2008-09 WHL Regular Season standings, will receive the second pick in the first round. The Chilliwack Bruins will select third.
The Red Deer Rebels will have the fourth pick overall while the Regina Pats and the Prince Albert Raiders will draft in the fifth and sixth positions respectively.
The order of the second round and all other rounds will be the inverse order of final 2008-09 WHL regular-season standings.
Players eligible for the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft will be 1994-born players who reside in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.