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1795OHL Draft sees seven local players selected

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    Apr 9, 2012

      OHL Draft sees seven local players selected

      Leamington’s Hayden Hodgson is no closer to playing in the Ontario Hockey League even after the Erie Otters made him the first Windsor and Essex County player taken in Saturday’s draft.
      The Otters, who had the worst record in the OHL this season, took the six-foot-one, 185-pound right winger with the first pick of the third round.
      Hodgson had 21 goals and 41 points in 28 games for the Sun County Panthers minor midgets last season, but is a two-sport star that is leaning towards playing baseball.
      “It’s a great feeling having your named called,” Hodgson said.
      A left-handed pitcher playing for the Windsor Selects U16’s, Hodgson said he will listen to what the Otters have to offer.
      “It doesn’t really change things, but we’ll see what they’re offering,” Hodgson said. “Right now, it’s still all baseball.”
      Hodgson was one of  six players from the Panthers taken in Saturday’s 15-round draft with seven local players taken overall.
      Six picks after Hodgson was taken, the Guelph Storm scooped up goaltender Matthew Mancina in the third round.
      “I was definitely excited, but it’s hard sitting around and waiting (to be taken),” the six-foot-one, 160-pound Mancina said. “I’ve heard (Guelph’s) a great organization.
      “It’s important not to doubt yourself and in the end, things work out fine.”
      Centre Joe Manchurek was the first of the Manchurek triplets taken in the draft when the Oshawa Generals selected him in the fourth round.
      “I’m just excited,” he said. “All my family was here and to get taken is awesome. We’ll see what happens.”
      In the eighth round, the London Knights picked up defenceman Logan Percy. The Belle River native played minor midget in Guelph this past season.
      In the ninth round, the Kitchener Rangers took six-foot-one, 170-pound defenceman Rob Manchurek.
      The Windsor Spitfires made slick forward Jared Leslie their first local selection in Saturday’s draft grabbing the five-foot-eight, 150-pound forward in the 11th round.
      Sun County’s Devon Paliani was the final area player taken. The son of former Spitfire goaltender Richard Paliani, the five-foot-eight, 140-pound centre went to the Kingston Frontenacs in the 14th round.
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