The morning of Thursday, May 1st had young hockey players huddled at their computers, checking their phones and waiting for their name to be called at the WHL Bantam Draft. When Regina Pats Director of Scouting, Dale McMullin ascended to the podium to make the team’s first selection (13th Overall) of the Draft, the name called was out of character for the Blue and White. For the first time since the inception of the Bantam Draft in 1990, the Pats selected a goaltender in the first round. Langley, B.C.’s Jordan Hollett was the second goaltender picked in the opening round.
“When Ian Scott went (9th Overall to Prince Albert), another goalie I knew, that some goalies would be going pretty quick there,” said Hollett of being picked in the 13th slot. “I didn’t really know for sure that I was going (early), so it was a little bit of a change with Ian Scott going and I knew it was a matter of time.”
The Pats scouting staff is charged with building the team through the draft every year and for the young players selected it can be a life-changing event.
“It was a special moment, there was a whole bunch of excitement and a little bit of shock,” recounted Hollett. “You expect, almost, before the draft… I thought I was going to get drafted, but once it happens it’s not really something you can prepare yourself for.”
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Hollett was the first of nine players selected by the Pats in this year’s Bantam Draft. They all make their first impressions on the organization this weekend at the Pats Spring Prospect Camp at the Cooperators Centre along with the Pats’ previous draft class and new list prospects.
“It’s really exciting. I’m going to meet other players I got drafted with which is going to be fun, make a lot of new friends so I’m really excited for it.”
For the first-year and new prospects, the Camp is meant to be an orientation for the players and their families to get familiar with the Regina Pats. It’s meant to be a low pressure environment for the prospects to build relationships with their peers and the hockey operations staff. Hollett plans to take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere.
“People can get caught up and get too worked up about (Camp). I’m just going to relax, believe in all the work I’ve done the whole year with OHA in dry-land and all that and just have some fun and meet some guys in the program.”
July 8th–13th, Hollett will take part in B.C. Hockey’s 2014 Provincial U16 Camp as the first step toward playing for British Columbia at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. His philosophy for that audition is very similar to the Pats Spring Camp.
“It’s the exact same thing, really. Just don’t get too caught up in it and just go out there and play your own game. You can’t get too worked up about it, like I said, people get caught up in the pressure and can’t perform the way they want to so you just have to go in and relax and play your game.”
For Pats fans wondering what style the 6’3”, 180 lbs goaltender plays, Hollett puts his size to good use.
“I’m a butterfly goalie, so I have good movement side to side, quickness and the mental side of being composed and relaxed is the way I want to play.”
You can get your first look at the Pats’ newest goaltending prospect and his peers from the 2014 Bantam Draft class at the Cooperators Centre this weekend. The Pats’ prospects will be on the Ice at 6:00 p.m. Friday night and 10:00 a.m. Saturday/Sunday. On-ice sessions will be roughly one hour in length. The Pats Neutral Zone Store will be on-site for Spring Camp with great discount prices on Pats merchandise, visit ReginaPats.com for the store hours.