Pictou County product’s draft dream comes true in late rounds
Luke Warner has long dreamed of getting a shot at playing major juniorhockey, but as Saturday’s QMJHL draft dragged on he was beginning toget a little nervous.
Luke Warner has long dreamed of getting a shot at playing major junior hockey, but as Saturday’s QMJHL draft dragged on he was beginning to get a little nervous.
Eleven full rounds had passed at Marcel Dionne Centre in Drummondville, Que., before the Halifax Mooseheads finally made his long wait worth it in the 12th round, 197th overall. Only 15 players were drafted after him.
“I was worried by the fifth round,” he said. “I was in the stands for seven hours and I was getting really nervous. When I heard my name called, it was the biggest three minutes of my life. I’ve never felt that nervous and that excited at the same time.”
The Mooseheads had three picks in the 12th round and called all of them “fliers.” Warner, who had nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points along with 122 penalty minutes in 34 games with the Pictou County Weeks major midgets, is known for getting under the skin of opponents.
Warner himself compares his style to New York Rangers disturber Sean Avery.
“They told me they like my playing style and the fact that I’m a bit of an agitator on the ice,” Warner said. “They said they want me to do what I did to get drafted when I come to camp.”
Warner, Dartmouth Subways tough guy Ryan Davis (seventh round, 109th overall) and rugged role player Alexandre Souligny (eighth round, 127th overall) out of Quebec are expected to be in the mix for one of the final forward jobs at the Mooseheads’ training camp in August.