Spokane picks MacMasters, ten others in draft

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by KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on May 5, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Updated Thursday, May 5 at 6:41 PM

SPOKANE -- The Spokane Chiefs used their first selection (19th overall) in Thursday's WHL Bantam Draft on center Tanner MacMaster.

Listed at just 5'8", 135 pounds, MacMaster can score like crazy. He registered 49 goals and 43 assists for 92 points in just 32 games this season. He played for the Calgary Bison of the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League.

MacMaster, a Calgary native, can also be a little scrappy. He picked up 80 penalty minutes this season as well. During the 2009-10 season, MacMaster recorded 39 points and 50 PIM in 27 contests.

Hockey is in his blood. MacMasters has a brother who already plays in the WHL. Nathan MacMasters registered 30 points in 67 games this season for the Moose Jaw Warriors and Calgary Hitmen.

Spokane focused its attention on offense this year, using seven of their 11 picks on forwards. They also drafted three defensemen, and one goalie.

In the sixth round of the draft, the Chiefs selected forward Justin Loepker from Spokane. Kienan Scott, a forward also from Spokane, was nabbed by the Regina Pats in the eighth round.

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