The East Coast Senior Hockey League held its first league entry draft last week for players not affiliated with teams via their minor or Junior Hockey associations. In total, seven players were selected. Those not selected become free agents and are eligible to sign with any ECSHL team.
The first pick was made by the Conception Bay Blues who selected Cody Batten, a forward from Carbonear. Former Southern Shore Breakers and CeeBee Stars goalie Doug Pippy was taken in the second pick by the Northeast Eagles. Pippy will fill the hole left from an earlier trade that saw the Eagles move their starting goaltender Mark Yetman to the Breakers.
The Breakers took forward Keenan Kennedy, who is from Barrie, Ontario and last played for the Espanola Express in the NOJHL.
The last pick round was completed by the Clarenville Caribous who made their first ever ECSHL draft choice by selecting Austin Meehan, a forward who last played for the Mercer Chiefs in 2015.
Meanwhile, in Junior Hockey action, a game played at the Southern Shore Arena Friday night saw the Breakers edged the Eagles 4-3. The Breakers goals were scored by Tyler Planetta, Seamus Sloane, Brandon Arbour and Noah Dinn.