The San Jose Jr. Sharks enjoyed a successful Wednesday afternoon with four 2005 AAA players getting selected in the Inaugural WHL U.S. Draft.
The Western Hockey League (WHL) hosted their very first U.S. only draft. This draft was started to aid in the risk that WHL teams have when drafting U.S. born players. Each team in the draft held 2 picks for a total of 44 selections. The WHL is allowed to draft players from the Western United States and also Minnesota.
Shaun Rios was the first Jr. Shark player to go, getting drafted #2 overall by the Tri-City Americans. The Americans are 1 of 5 teams located in the U.S. that compete in the WHL.
Philippe Blais-Savoie was the second name called at #7 by the Vancouver Giants. Current San Jose Shark Evander Kane laced up the skates for the Giants from 2006-2009.
Briggs Orr was selected by the Calgary Hitmen at number 34. Current San Jose Shark Martin Jones played for the Hitmen from 2006-2010.
Our last selection of the draft was Ben Picard at number 43, joining teammate Shaun Rios, selected by the Tri-City Americans. Notable alumni include Carey Price, Montreal, and Brandon Carlo, Boston Bruins.
Congratulations to all 4 players selected!
The WHL Bantam Draft will be help April 22. Players born in the U.S. are eligible for this draft as well.
The San Jose Jr. Sharks are excited to announce their first signing of the season!
Forward Niko Jovanovic has signed a letter of intent with the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL).
Spruce Grove finished the 2019-20 season with a 43-13-2 record, good for second in the AJHL North Division. Spruce Grove is one of the most solidified programs in the AJHL with a tradition of advancing players. This year they had 8 NCAA Division Commitments.
Jovanovic was second on the 18AAA teams in goals and assists and led the team in hits. The 6'3 forward was a key contributor on the 18AAA team this season, helping them capture 3 Championships. Jovanovic came to the Jr. Sharks from British Columbia 3 seasons and has seen his development progress rapidly. The big power forward looks to make an impact in Spruce Grove from day 1 with his physical play and heavy shot.
Congratulations to Niko and the entire Jovanovic family!
The 18AAA Boys Team is 2020 PACIFIC DISTRICT CHAMPIONS!!
The team advanced and will compete in USA Hockey Nationals in Rochester, MI, April 2-6.
The team skated to 3 wins in the round robin, winning by a combined score of 19-8. They beat the Wenatchee Wilderness, Portland Jr. Winterhawks and Team Alaska. Going into the game Saturday night against Team Alaska, both teams already knew they were in the Championship.
In the Championship Sunday, it was all Sharks. The team skated to a 6-1 win, giving up their only goal with 7 seconds left in the game. Owen Bohn led the way with 2 goals and 2 assists, followed by Cade Herrera who had 2 goals and an assist. Jake Meure chipped in with 4 assists of his own. Niko Jovanovic and Ryan Kopelman each tallied a goal and an assist. Also collecting assists were Vaughn Montoya and Lahoussine Salama. Antonio Tarantino led the way in net with 23 saves on 24 shots.
Congratulations to the entire team and coaching staff and good luck at Nationals!!