Three Hounds drafted to the NHL

Photo : Jim Egan

For the first time since 1998, Buffalo, New York got to host this year’s National Hockey League Entry Draft which was held at the First Niagara Center – home of the Buffalo Sabres.

This year’s draft saw a total of three Greyhounds that were chosen, including Boris Katchouk, Jack Kopacka, and Tim Gettinger.

Rookie forward Boris Katchouk was the first Hound taken in the draft, going in the 2nd round (44th overall) to the Tampa Bay Lightening.

This past season with the Hounds, the Waterloo, Ontario native found the back of the net 24 times and set up 27 others through 63 regular season games.

During 12 postseason games, Katchouk had 6 goals and 10 points.

His 6 goals were also tied for the most amongst Ontario Hockey League rookies in the postseason with Mississauga Steelheads forward Alexander Nylander, who was selected 8th overall by the Buffalo Sabres at this year’s draft.

The 2014 2nd round pick (33rd overall) of the Hounds, was named the team’s rookie of the year this past March.

Katchouk, who turned 18 years old one week ago, becomes the first Soo Greyhound to be picked by the Tampa Bay Lightening since defenceman Brock Beukeboom (63rd overall in 2010).

The second Hound chosen in this year’s draft was rookie forward Jack Kopacka, who was picked up in the 4th round (93rd overall) by the Anaheim Ducks.

This season with the Hounds, the Metamora, Michigan native notched 20 goals and set up 23 others through 63 regular season games.

Through 12 playoff games, the 18 year old then notched 2 goals and 4 points for the Hounds, and  named the team’s scholastic player of the year during the month of March.

Rounding out the trio of Hounds putting on National Hockey League jerseys, was second year forward Tim Gettinger, who was picked up in the 5th round (141st overall) by the New York Rangers.

During his second season with the Hounds, the North Ohmstead, Ohio product scored 17 times and assisted on 22 others through 60 regular season games.

The 2014 3rd round pick (49th overall) of the Hounds, then had 1 goal and 4 points through 12 postseason games.

Gettinger becomes the first Hound to be drafted by the New York Rangers since goaltender Brandon Halverson (59th overall in 2014).


On Saturday, one Soo Greyhound prospect heard his name get called by a National Hockey League team.

Goaltender Tyler Wall was picked up in the 6th round (174th overall) by the New York Rangers.

Wall, who was selected by the Hounds in the 7th round (137th overall) during the 2014 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, spent this past season with the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Leamington Flyers, and set new league records for a single season, including the highest save percentage of .940 and lowest goals against average of 1.49.

The 18 year old native of Leamington, Ontario, has also committed to play for UMass-Lowell in NCAA for the 2017-2018 season.

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Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.