UPDATE - Ramblers draft Hamer with first pick

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31 points in 32 games with Dartmouth Major Midget

The MHL draft is continuing in New Glasgow.

NEW GLASGOW – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers have gone to the Dartmouth Taylor Flooring Subways with their first pick in the 2013 Maritime Junior Hockey League draft.

The Ramblers selected 16-year-old Spryfield native Jesse Hamer eighth overall in the first round.

Hamer, a 5'10", 176-pound forward, played with the Subways last season, scoring 14 goals and adding 17 assists in 32 games. He had four penalty minutes.

He is a product of the Chebucto Minor Hockey Association and played with the Bubba Rays in the NS Major Bantam League two seasons ago.

With their second pick, this one in the third round, the Ramblers took goalie Rowan O'Brien, who played with the Cole Harbour Major Midgets last season.

Amherst has 11 picks in the draft that runs through the afternoon.

UPDATE - “The draft certainly gave us some players who can step in now, and it adds depth to our program that we wanted to address for the next couple of years,” said Jim Bottomley, Ramblers coach and general manager.

The Ramblers firsT pick of the draft was Jesse Hamer, who was picked 8th overall.

Hamer, a 5'10", 176-pound forward, played with the Midget AAA Subways in Dartmouth this past season. He scored14 goals and added17 assists in 32 games. He had four penalty minutes.

Bottomley said He should be one of the Ramblers scoring leaders over the years.

“He’s got good hands and he kept improving all year last year,” said Bottomley. “We wanted a guy who could put the puck in the net and set some plays.

“He’s a skilled forward who comes to play every night, so he certainly fits into our mold.”

The Ramblers traded their 8th pick in the 4th round to Valley in exchange for Damon MacEachern.

MacEachern is 19-years-old and played with Bridgewater and Metro.

The 6'1", 210 pound veteran scored 40 points and received 46 penalty minutes last season.

“I drafted him a couple of years ago in Bridgewater,” said Bottomley. “I had him in camp and he wasn’t ready and I sent him back to midget, so I know all about him.

“He’s a very skilled forward and he has good hands, so he adds some offence that we need.”

The Ramblers second pick was in Round 3, and they picked a goaltender.

“You have to pick your (born in) 97s in the first three rounds and he was the best goaltender in that age group,” said Bottomley. “He’s another player who is constantly striving to improve, so he adds depth to our hockey club.”

Bottomley was pleased with how the draft went.

“We got a lot of players we were hoping to get so it worked out well,” he said. “There’s still some trades to be made throughout the year but we’re very happy with where we’re at right now.”

The MHL Builders award was renamed the Moe Bent Builders Award during the draft, and Moe Bent, who is from Amherst, was named the first recipient of the award.

His son Jim Bent was on hand to receive the award.

The Amherst Ramblers draft results are as follows:

ROUND 1

Pick 8

Jesse Hamer

1998

Darmouth Taylor Flooring

Forward

ROUND 2

No pick

ROUND 3

Pick 7

Rowan O’Brien

1997

Cole Harbor Major Midgets

Goalie

ROUND 4

Pick 11

Riley Donaldson

1996

South Shore Mustangs

Forward

ROUND 5

- Pick 1

Zack MacEwen

1996

Charlottetown Islanders

Right Wing

- Pick 8

Nick Cass

1995

Fredericton Canadiens

Centre

- Pick 11

Ricky Young

ROUND 6

Pick 8

Stephen Sisco

1996

Cape Breton Tradesmen

Forward

ROUND 7

Pick 8

Eric Allen

ROUND 8

Pick 7

Tyler McDowell

1995

Valley Wildcats

Defence

ROUND 9

No Pick

ROUND 10

No Pick

TERRITORIAL 1

Lucas Sangster

1997

Weeks Major Midgets

Defence

TERRITORIAL 2

Alexander McQuaid

1996

Cornwall Thunder

Defence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizations: Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers, Maritime Junior Hockey League, Chebucto Minor Hockey Association

Geographic location: Dartmouth, NEW GLASGOW

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