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Colts Take 16 Players in OHL Draft

Barrie | by Ken Hashizume  

The club also announcing that Hawerchuk will be back as head coach.

(Back L to R) Colts President Howie Campbell and Head Coach Dale Hawerchuk. (Front L to R) Jack McBain, Mathew MacDougall, and Tyler Tucker. 

Some new Barrie Colts are coming into the fold.
The OHL club selected a total of 16 players in Saturday's 2016 OHL Priority Selection.
The Colts had 2 picks in the first round.
They selected defenseman Tyler Tucker of the Toronto Titans, 16th overall.
Tucker is 6-foot-1, 217 pounds from Longlac (300 kms east of Thunder Bay) and says he will bring a physical game as well as some offence to the Colts.
Later in the round, the Colts took Toronto's Jack McBain -- a centre from the Don Mills Flyers -- with the 20th overall selection.
McBain is 6-foot-2, 182 pounds and says like other OHL players he wants to make it to the NHL and this is the beginning of a long process.
McBain's father Andrew played 11 seasons in the NHL (1983-1994) and was a teammate of current Colts head coach Dale Hawerchuk for 6 seasons with the Winnipeg Jets (1983-1990).
McBain says his dad told him how great it was to play with Hawerchuk and is looking forward to having him as a coach.
Tucker, McBain, and Mathew MacDougall -- an Aurora native with the OHL Cup champion York-Simcoe Express who was selected by the Colts in the 3rd round, 58th overall -- were introduced at a news conference at the Barrie Molson Centre on Saturday.
The Colts also announced that Hawerchuk has agreed to a 3-year contract extension that will see him remain as head coach of the team until the end of the 2018-2019 season.
Hawerchuk is in his 6th season behind the Colts bench accumulating a regular season record of 220-166-22 in 408 games.
The Colts made the OHL Playoffs in 5 of those seasons under Hawerchuk reaching the OHL Finals in 2013.
Here is a complete list of players selected by the Colts in the draft:
(Round-Overall-Name-Height-Weight-Position-Hometown-Minor Midget Team)
1st 14 Tyler Tucker 6'1" 217 LD Longlac, Ont. Toronto Titans Minor Midget AAA (GTHL)
1st 20 Jack McBain 6'2" 182 C Toronto, Ont. Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget AAA (GTHL)
3rd 58 Mathew MacDougall 5' 9" 159 LW Aurora, Ont. York-Simcoe Express Minor Midget AAA (OMHA - ETA)
4th 76 Curtis Douglas 6'8" 208 LW Oakville, Ont. Mississauga Senators Minor Midget AAA (GTHL)
5th 85 Luke Bignell 5'10" 146 C Kitchener, Ont. Kitchener Jr. Rangers Minor Midget AAA (MHAO)
5th 96 Ian MacLean 5'10" 196 Port Hope, Ont. York-Simcoe Express Minor Midget AAA (OMHA - ETA)
6th 115 Sam Rhodes 5'6" 149 Powhatan, VA Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget AAA (GTHL)
8th 156 Christian Taylor 6'1" 156 RW Midhurst, Ont. Barrie Jr. Colts Minor Midget AAA (OMHA - ETA)
9th 176 Xan Gurney 6'2" 181 LD Grosse Ile, MI Detroit Little Caesars 16U Youth (USA)
10th 200 Tristan De Jong 6'1" 170 RD Breslau, Ont. Waterloo Wolves Minor Midget AAA (MHAO)
11th 216 Kai Edmonds 5'10" 142 G Carlsbad Springs, Ont. Cumberland Grads Midget AAA (OEMHL)
12th 236 Mateo Nicastro 5'9" 160 RD Whitby, Ont. Whitby Wildcats Minor Midget AAA (OMHA - ETA)
13th 256 Vincent DeSanctis 5'10" 170 F Howard Beach, NY P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 18U Youth (USA)
14th 276 Andrew Peters 5'10" 156 RW Sarnia, Ont. Mississauga Rebels Minor Midget AAA (GTHL)
15th 296 Spencer Causeway 6'2" 166 LD Toronto, Ont. Mississauga Reps Minor Midget AAA (GTHL)
15th 298 Addison Macey 6'2" 192 LD Kitchener, Ont. Kitchener Jr. Rangers Minor Midget AAA (MHAO)

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