Kamloops , BC – The Kamloops Blazers are proud to announce that 18-year-old forward Tim Bozon (Montreal, 3rd round, 64th) and Colin Smith (Colorado, 7th round, 192nd overall) have been selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Bozon had an outstanding rookie season in the WHL finishing with 36 goals, 35 assists and 71 points in 71 games. He led all WHL rookies in goals and was second in points. He was also the WHL’s Western Conference finalist as the Rookie of the Year.
The 6’1″ 184lb forward is the first Kamloops Blazer to be drafted since Austin Madaisky and Brendan Ranford were chosen in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Bozon is also the highest selected Blazer player at 64th overall since Keaton Ellerby went 10th overall to the Florida Panthers in 2007.
Bozon becomes the fifth Blazer to be drafted by the Canadiens and the first since Gennady Razin in 1997. Others selected by the Canadiens include Greg Hart (1995), Chris Murray (1994), and Darcy Tucker (1993).
Smith, who was not selected in his first year of eligibility last season, had an outstanding season finishing with 35 goals, 50 assists and 85 points playing in all 72 games for the Blazers. Smith finished second in team scoring behind Brendan Ranford.
The 5’10” 175lb forward has represented Team Pacific in the U-17 World Challenge and participated for Team Canada at the U-18 World Championships in 2011.
Smith is the fifth Blazer to be selected by the Colorado Avalanche and the first since Ray Macias in 2005. Others Blazers selected by the Avalanche include Jared Aulin (2000), Robyn Regehr (1998), and Randy Petruk (1996).