Tarzwell first of four local players taken in WHL bantam draft

The Lethbridge Hurricanes looked north for their second-round pick, 24th overall, in Thursday’s WHL bantam draft. The ‘Canes selected centre Josh Tarzwell of Red Deer, who during the 2014-15 season scored 17 goals and added 16 assists in 32 games with the Rebels White, while recording 50 minutes in penalties.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes looked north for their second-round pick, 24th overall, in Thursday’s WHL bantam draft.

The ‘Canes selected centre Josh Tarzwell of Red Deer, who during the 2014-15 season scored 17 goals and added 16 assists in 32 games with the Rebels White, while recording 50 minutes in penalties.

The five-foot-11, 182-pound power forward was also selected as an all-star while skating with the Central team at the recent Alberta Cup that featured the top second-year bantams in the province.

Tarzwell was one of four Central Albertans taken in the 2015 bantam draft, the others being defencemen Luke and Gabe Bast of Red Deer and forward Josh McNeil of Sylvan Lake.

Luke Bast, a graduating member of the Rebels White, was selected in the sixth round by the Victoria Royals, while older brother Gabe, 18, went to Victoria in the 10th round.

Gabe Bast, who recently helped the junior A Penticton Vees win the Western Canada Cup at Fort McMurray and subsequently clinch a berth in the Royal Bank Cup — the national junior A championship tournament — May 9-17 at Portage la Prairie, Man., was previously the WHL property of the Medicine Hat Tigers, who dropped him when he signed with the Vees.

The Royals, seemingly, decided to take a flyer on the older Bast on the chance that he’s selected in this year’s NHL draft and at some point elects to leave the University of North Dakota, with whom he has secured a NCAA scholarship.

McNeil, who skated with the Rebels Black in 2014-15, was an eighth-round pick of the Tigers.

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