Draft day was an exciting day for many elite players born in 2004 and families as they watched the Western Hockey League (WHL) draft or updated their phones waiting to see if they were drafted in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft in Red Deer, Alberta.
hockey for all centre is proud of all players who train here with Jets Hockey Development (JHD) including the seven players in this year’s draft class who played for Jets Hockey Development 2004 Boys of the North, Two Ice Lab goaltenders, and all players from throughout Manitoba who were selected.
- Connor Geekie – Drafted 2nd overall by Winnipeg
Geekie, from Strathclaire, MB played Spring Hockey with the JHD Boys of the North and currently plays for the Yellowhead Bantam AAA Chiefs where he recorded
49 goals and 37 assists for a total of 86 points in the 2018-19 season.
- Denton Mateychuk
Mateychuk recorded 61 points in only 36 games this season for the Eastman Selects. Mateychuk also played for coach Larry Bumstead with the JHD Boys of the North and was drafted 11th overall by Moose Jaw.
- Sam Court
Court has been training at hockey for all centre on ice with JHD as well as training in Focus Fitness. Court played for the Boys of the North as well as trains with Coach Dave Cameron in the AAA Skills program and Summer Development Program. This past season Court won the city championships with the AAA Winnipeg B1 Monarchs and was selected Defenceman of the year at the recent AAA Winnipeg Awards Banquet and was drafted 46th overall by Swift Current.
- Jesiah Bennett
Bennet played at the Rink Hockey Academy for the 2018-19 season and has participated in the JHD development programs for several years.Bennet was drafted 52nd overall by Brandon.
- Josh Filmon
Filmon also played with the JHD Boys of the North and has worked with Dave Cameron for the past several seasons. Filmon was recently drafted 67th overall by Swift Current.
- Matthew Kieper
Kieper trains in the Ice Lab with Coach Andy and plays for the AAA Winnipeg B1 Sharks. Kieper was recently named MVP as well as Goalie of the Year at the AAA Winnipeg Awards Banquet and was drafted 63rd overall by Regina.
- Ethan Bueneventura
The third Manitoba goalie taken also played at the Rink Hockey Academy. Bueneventura played for the JHD Boys of the North and was drafted 77th overall by Calgary.
- Ben Saunderson
Saunderson from the Yellowhead Chiefs Bantam AAA played spring hockey with the JHD Boys of the North. Saunderson was drafted 89th overall by Saskatoon.
- Karson King
King played for the JHD Boys of the North spring hockey program as well and this past season was on the Interlake Lightning AAA Bantam 1 recording a team-leading 41 points in 35 games. King has also worked with JHD coaches in the AAA prep and body checking and skills programs and was drafted 111th overall by Swift Current.
- Jaden Waddell
Waddell played spring hockey with JHD Boys of the North and has trained with Coach Dave Cameron at Iceplex. Waddell was drafted 117th overall by Moose Jaw.
- Owen Savoie
Another Ice Lab goaltender, Owen played this past season with the AAA Winnipeg B1 Hawks. Savoie was named Top Goaltender voted by WHL scouts at the second annual Winnipeg Jets AAA Classic, November 2019. Savoie was drafted 123rd overall by Prince Albert Raiders.
- Michael Cicek
Cicek led the Bantam AAA Monarchs with 44 points in 31 games this past season. He is a member of the JHD Summer Hockey Development Program and trains with coach Dave Cameron. Cicek was drafted 125th overall by Spokane.
- Kyle Grysiuk
Grysiuk was Drafted 139th overall by Seattle and has trained with JHD over the past several seasons. Grysiuk was also a member of the JHD Boys of the North coached by Larry Bumstead.
- Daimon Gardner
Gardner played JHD Boys of the North and continues to train at Iceplex in Focus Fitness in the summer. Gardner was drafted 162nd overall by Kelowna. Gardner’s sisters have also trained with the team here at Iceplex both on and off the ice.
- Owen Pickering
Pickering played for coach Larry Bumstead as well with the JHD Boys of the North spring team and has trained with JHD skills coaches a hockey for all centre over the past season. Pickering was drafted 177th by Swift Current in the 2019 WHL Draft.
The draft is the start of another chapter for all players, drafted or not drafted – this off-season is a big one for development.
Space is limited in the 2004 Bantam Jets Hockey Summer Development Program July 2 – August 23rd. This training program is for players who are looking for a more challenging hockey environment and aspire to play at an elite level. Athletes will train three days per week on and off the ice putting a greater emphasis on developing the strength and conditioning necessary to improve on-ice hockey performance and overall athletic ability.