Timbermen add nine players in 2020 draft

by Dan Marshall

The Nanaimo Timbermen added nine new players in the 2020 WLA Draft.

Draft night started with the Tmen picking Victoria Jr. Shamrock Zach Manns third in the compensatory round.

Manns had 143 points in 35 games in the BCJALL over three seasons.

That included a 2019 campaign with 105 points and a league leading 67 assists.

Manns also played six games and scored 18 points with the Junior A Timbermen in 2017.

Nanaimo didn't have any picks in round one of the draft, but made a big splash to jump into the second round.

The Timbermen acquired the 12th overall pick, the rights to former Junior Adanac Ethan Ticehurst, and a 2021 second round pick from New Westminster for Drew Belgrave.

Ticehurst is a transition specialist who spent the last three years in the BCJALL with the Adanacs.

He had 55 points in 47 games and was a part of the A's Minto Cup winning team in 2018.

The Tmen used the 12th pick to grab Burnaby Junior Dylan Kaminski.

In his four years of junior with Burnaby and Langley, Kaminski earned 111 points in 49 games.

Hometown defender Graden Soucy was picked 21st overall by Nanaimo and with their next pick at number 25 the team added Liam McDonald from the Delta Islanders.

The Timbermen kept a number of key Junior A Tmen in the family with their remaining picks.

That included the 2019 BCJALL Most Sportsmanlike Player Kyle Dawson 32nd overall, and then Aiden O'Dwyer at 39, Matt O'Dwyer at 46, and Cole Christiaens 53rd in the draft. 

The Timbermen would like to welcome all nine new players to the Senior A program.