BCHL extra: Seven skaters drafted by NHL teams

The BCHL saw seven of its players selected by National Hockey League squads as the league held its entry draft Sunday.

A record-tying seven BCHLers were selected by National Hockey League teams at last weekend’s entry draft.

The draft was held at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

Former Vernon Viper/Surrey Eagle Adam Tambellini was first off the board, going in the third round (65th overall) to the New York Rangers.

West Kelowna Warrior David Pope was drafted one round later, going 109th overall to the Detroit Red Wings.

Langley Riverman Evan Campbell was selected in the fifth round (128th ova) by the Edmonton Oilers, and Merritt Centennial Dane Birks went in the sixth round (164th ova) to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Three BCHLers were drafted in the seventh round.

The Nashville Predators nabbed Penticton’s Wade Murphy at 185. His Vees teammate, Jedd Soleway, went to the Phoenix Coyotes at 193 and Victoria Grizzly Nolan De Jong went to the Minnesota Wild at 197.

Across Canada, 12 Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) skaters were drafted.

The Alberta Junior Hockey League had two, as did the Ontario Junior Hockey League. The Central Junior Hockey League had one.