Americans Sign 1st Rd Draft Pick AuCoin
The Tri-City Americans have announced the signing of its top draft pick in the recent WHL bantam draft, Parker AuCoin, to a WHL contract. AuCoin will be eligible to play in the WHL the year after next. Below is the news release from the Ams:
Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the club has signed 2013 first round bantam draft pick, Parker AuCoin to a standard WHL Players Contract. Tri-City selected AuCoin with their first selection (15th overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, held on May 2.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, AuCoin became the first forward taken by Tri-City in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft since current Americans’ forward Connor Rankin (2009), and just the 10th forward selected by the club in the opening round. Former first round forward draft picks by the Americans include Rankin (2009), Jason Gardiner (2006), Joel Broda (2004), Jonathan Toews (2003), Ian McDonald (2000), Eric Johansson (1997), Tim Green (1996), Terry Ryan (1992) and Mark Stephan (1991).
Listed at 6’0 and 176 pounds, AuCoin posted impressive numbers in his bantam year. Serving as the team captain of the Calgary Northstar Sabres, AuCoin appeared in 33 regular season games and totaled 63 goals and 87 points. AuCoin’s 63 goals this season was second most in Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League history, second only to current Portland Winterhawks forward Ty Rattie’s mark of 75 in 2007-08, while finishing 3rd in the AMBHL scoring race. Including the post-season and tournament play, AuCoin racked up 91 goals in 56 games, totaling 135 points and 61 penalty minutes. Additionally, AuCoin was named an AMBHL South Division All-Star and South Division MVP.
“Parker is a pure goal scorer and an elite player in his draft class,” Tory expressed. “We are excited that he and his family have selected our program for his hockey development and pursuit of his goals. We look forward to seeing him at training camp in August.”
“I couldn’t be happier…it’s always been a dream of mine,” explained AuCoin. “I’m excited to go to camp and play there very soon.”