Corey St. Laurent
June 30, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that defenceman Keegan Kanzig was selected by the Calgary Flames in the third round with the 67th overall pick today at the 2013 National Hockey League (NHL) Draft in Newark, New Jersey.
The Athabasca, AB native becomes the first Victoria player to be drafted to the NHL this year and the highest drafted player in Royals’ history. Kanzig recently completed his second season with the Royals and saw action in 70 games last year, notching seven assists and 159 minutes in penalties. Kanzig was the 14th player drafted from the Western Hockey League and 39th Canadian-born skater selected.
“It’s hard to explain the feeling,” Kanzig said from his home in Athabasca. “You could say excitement, but that really doesn’t do it justice. Calgary was one of the teams I was hoping would choose me. It’s a great organization, a great city, and it’s a great opportunity for me.”
In his two-year WHL career, Kanzig has appeared in 133 games and has registered nine assists along with 225 penalty minutes. Kanzig has also appeared in 10 games in the WHL Playoffs where he has scored one goal and posted 18 minutes in penalties. Kanzig also represented Team Pacific at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Championships.
The 6-5, 238 lb defenceman was selected by the Chilliwack Bruins in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft in the first round, seventh overall. Before Kanzig joined the Royals, he played one season with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers Midget AAA team where he skated in 31 games and posted 12 points (4g-8a) and 82 penalty minutes.
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