It was a big night for Morrisburg and District Minor Hockey player, Andrew Jarvis who was the second round draft pick for the Brockville Braves at the Central Canada Hockey League’s midget draft held in Gloucester, last Thursday, May 31st.
Although Jarvis attended the draft with the expectation that he would be selected, it came as a big surprise that he was drafted by the Braves and that he was selected so high…22nd pick overall out of 120 players.
He was the Braves third pick behind teammates Brandon Zullo and Costa Georgitsos (forwards) from the Ottawa Senators Major Bantam AAA team in the first round.
“It was quite a surprise that he went so high in the draft, considering he has played all of his minor hockey in the South Dundas system,” said his mom Rondalyn.
Last season, Jarvis captained the South Dundas Bantam Rep Lions to the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League Championship.
After finishing the regular season in second spot behind the Cornwall Colts, the Lions worked their way through two, four-point playoff series against North Dundas and Char-Lan to meet the Colts head-on for the East division championship.
They then swept the series against the Colts to advance to the UCMHL final against Perth/Lanark. After an opening game loss they came back for three consecutive wins to claim the overall crown.
During the season, Jarvis was affiliated with the St. Lawrence Kings AA team. He played a few games with the Kings and one tournament.
Somewhere along the way, someone obviously noticed the young Lions captain, if not for the fact that he is an all-round talented player, but for the fact that he can skate with the best of them…and then some.
“We have no idea who saw him,” says Rondalyn explaining that he was invited to the Bantam Age Prospect Camp in Kinburn, Ontario in April. “We were told that whoever noticed him had to get permission from CCHL president Kevin Abrams to have him invited to the Camp. He did have a really good camp.”
“We are ecstatic that Brockville picked Andrew, it being so close to home,” said Rondalyn, adding with a chuckle, “When they called him up they just announced ‘defenseman Andrew Jarvis’. They didn’t have his home association or where he was from.”
For the upcoming season, Jarvis is hoping to cut a spot with the Upper Canada Cyclones AAA Midget team in Kemptville.
All midget age hockey players must play one year of midget hockey After that they become eligible to be signed to one of two 16 year old cards permitted to junior hockey teams. Most players join the junior ranks at the age of 17.
“This has been his number one goal since he was 10 years old,” said his proud dad, Gary. “He lives and sleeps hockey.”
Other local picks included Evan Mantha from Ault Island, Chesterville goaltender Jason Buma and South Mountain forward Bradley Stitt. Stitt and Buma both played for the Upper Canada Cyclones. Stitt went to Carleton Place in the second round and Buma to Smiths Falls in Round 4. Mantha went to the Cornwall Colts in the fourth round.
Bantam age player, Shane Woolsey of Iroquois was protected by Kemptville.