Local players drafted by WHL

The long wait for the ring tone of the phone ended and when it did, Ty Mappin and Logan Hermus were happy with what they heard: They were both picked in the Western Hockey League (WHL) draft, a development that opens the path for the young players to actually pursue a professional hockey career in the years ahead.

Ty Mappin, the winner of various awards, including the Most Valuable Player of the provincial bantam all star game, was selected by Everett Silvertips of the Washington state in the US as the seventh pick while Logan Hermus was the 80th pick, chosen by Moose Jaw Warriors.

“I will have to prove myself for a couple of years until they think I am ready to play for them,” said Hermus after he heard the outcome.

“They will now watch my progress for the next three years and they could pick me up whenever they think I am ready. But I will be involved with this organization and hopefully I will be going to some of their camps.”

Hermus said he hoped he would be able to advance to the midget program of the Red Deer Rebels, where he was one of the star players of the bantam teams last season.

“I will try to make it to midget AAA, if I can,” he said.

To achieve his goal, Hermus will be implementing a special practice regime throughout the summer with some personal coaching from a trusted trainer.

Ty Mappin also expects to continue to play in Red Deer, probably with the Rebels but for a much shorter period, possibly one year.

“My agency will give me a special program,” said Mappin when asked whether he would implement a special training program over the summer.

“They will provide me with a special training regime,” he said.