Turning Point Sports Management client Parker AuCoin, 14, from Calgary, Alberta has signed a Western Hockey League Education Contract with the Tri City Americans. AuCoin, a 6’0 170 pound forward who played for the Calgary North Stars Bantam AAA team during the 2012-13 season was drafted by the Americans with their first pick, fifteenth overall in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft held on May 2, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta.
“Parker is without a doubt the purest scorer in the 1998 age group in the West, and that ability along with his other skills and smarts are going to take him a long way in this game,” said Turning Point Hockey Director Darcy Tucker. “Parker has grown, his skating is stronger, and it is so hard to find players who can score consistently and in key situations and pressure situations – things that Parker has done and will continue to do,” continued Tucker.
“Parker made a big statement on the big ice surface at the Alberta Cup in Strathmore that last weekend in April” said Turning Point Executive Director Carlos Sosa, “and he showed not only what everyone knew – that he was a great scorer, but that his speed and skating ability was more than capable on the Olympic sized ice and Parker was able to continue to score key goals on a regular basis.” AuCoin will attend training camp with the Americans in August, and potentially participate in WHL Exhibition games. Under WHL rules AuCoin could play up to five games this season for the team during the regular and playoff schedule of the team that he will play for as a first year Midget player, and may play more once his regular and playoff season schedule has concluded. AuCoin could also play additional games under emergency recall in certain circumstances.
“I’m excited to join the Americans and look forward to playing for them as soon as I can,” said AuCoin after having been drafted. “I have been waiting for this for a long time, and I am very excited to be joining the Americans and I can’t wait for training camp!” Turning Point wishes to congratulate Parker and his parents, Lynell and Don AuCoin, on Parker’s first round selection, and looks forward to working with the AuCoin family as Parker moves on to the next chapter of his hockey future.
Turning Point Sports Management client Josh Anderson, 14, from Duncan, British Columbia has signed a Western Hockey League Education Contract with the Prince George Cougars. Anderson, a 6’3” 190 pound defenseman who toiled this past season for the Cowichan Valley Capitals Bantam AAA team was drafted by the Cougars with their first pick, third overall in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft held on May 2, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta. “It is a great achievement to be picked as high as Josh was and to be the first defenseman selected in the Draft,” said Turning Point Executive Director Carlos Sosa, “and he and his family are happy that the Cougars were pro-active in getting him signed and getting him on his way in his WHL Major Junior career.”
“I am excited to be a Cougar,” said Anderson, “and I can’t wait to get to Prince George and begin the next step in my hockey future.” Chris Anderson, Josh’s father stated: “We are very proud of Josh and what he has accomplished so far. We want to thank Turning Point for their hard work and efforts in helping us as a family understand the process, and for shepherding Josh through the process and helping him attain his goals.”
Anderson will attend training camp with the Cougars in August, and potentially participate in WHL Exhibition games. Under WHL rules Anderson could play up to five games this season for the team during the regular and playoff schedule of the team that he will play for as a first year Midget player, and may play more once his regular and playoff season schedule has concluded. Anderson could also play additional games under emergency recall in certain circumstances.
Turning Point wishes to congratulate Josh Anderson and his parents Kristine and Chris on his success so far and see nothing but a bright future for this player as he stakes out his claim to his hockey career.
Three Turning Point clients, Josh Anderson, Parker Aucoin and Kody McDonald were selected in the top 24 picks during the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft which was held in Calgary last Thursday, May 2nd. With all of the General Managers and Directors of Scouting along with their staffs in attendance, the 22 WHL franchises proceeded to participate in their annual right of renewal to start the cycle once again of stocking their teams with players that they believe will be the foundation for their future success. While there was no dispute as to who would be selected first overall (Tyler Benson from Edmonton SSAC), the intrigue and drama from the previous two weekends at Alberta Cup and B.C. Cup as to which players would go in the top 5 continued to play out the night before the Draft and Draft Day morning. “Given the high caliber of clients we had in the 1998 birth year, this was the most intense, challenging and outright fun WHL Draft in which I have been involved,” said Turning Point Executive Director Carlos Sosa. “I believe a key to understanding the process with where our Draft Class this year was going to be selected was being at the final two major events, B.C. Cup and Alberta Cup, which afforded the opportunity to speak with the ‘deciders’ of every team in order to best advise our clients. It was worthwhile to be at both events on back to back weekends, and it turned out to be a lot of fun as well.”
Josh Anderson, the big, mobile and hard hitting Defenseman from Duncan, British Columbia, who had finished his season with the Cowichan Valley Capitals was selected 3rd overall, by the Prince George Cougars. Anderson was the first British Columbia player selected after two Albertans were picked, and also the first defenseman chosen in the Draft. By going third overall Anderson holds the distinction of being the highest Turning Point client ever drafted in either the WHL Bantam Draft or the OHL Midget Priority Selection to date. Following Anderson in the First Round was Calgary sniper Parker Aucoin, who was selected 15th overall by the Tri City Americans. Aucoin, who led the Alberta Major Bantam League in goals with 63 this past season, with the only player to score more in AMBHL history was Ty Rattie a few years ago, was clearly the purest and most natural goal scorer in the Draft. The Cougars went back to the Turning Point client list with the second pick in the 2nd Round at 24th overall snapping up Lethbridge native, power forward Kody McDonald who had played at the Pursuit of Excellence T1 Bantam program this past season. “McDonald is the type of player that can play the game any way you want,” said Sosa, “and with his size and strength along with his skill set, will crack the Cougars lineup as a 16 year old player in my view.”
All three players should be extremely proud of their high selections, and Turning Point is looking forward to working with them as they enter this new chapter of their hockey careers. Parents Kristine and Chris Anderson, Lynell and Don Aucoin, and Marla and Terry McDonald should be congratulated on the great job they have done with their sons and the great effort that the young men have put forward this past season in achieving this important first step for their hockey future.