The MJHL Draft wrapped up Saturday evening with the Portage Terriers selecting five players from around MB. “We are quite happy with the way things went” says Terrier Head Scout Angus Moar. “We ended up with 2 dmen, 2 forwards and a goalie.”
The Terriers made two trades prior to the draft. They traded the MJHL list rights to Jett Mintenko F (2004) to the Winkler Flyers in exchange for Future Considerations.
Portage also traded the MJHL list rights to Liam Foley D (2004) to the OCN Blizzard for the MJHL list rights to Magnus Einarson D (2003).
Terrier Draft Picks
Jordan Murray (5’9, 141, 06, D, Decker)
RD 1 (6th Overall)
“We know we have a good kid as he’s Owen Murray’s brother,” says Terrier head scout Angus Moar. Owen Murray played for the Terriers in the 2018-19 and 19-20 seasons. “He’s a good skater and puck mover. He might be ready to step right in.” Jordan had 19 points in 32 games for the Rink Hockey Academy U16 team. He was drafted 130th overall (6 rd) by Kamloops Blazers in the 2021 WHL Bantam Draft.
Cody Allen (6’1”, 160, 06, D, Winnipeg)
RD 4 (48th Overall)
“He’s a bigger right-handed defenceman who skates well,” says Moar. “He has a bit of an edge to his game, is pretty solid in all zones and contributes to the offense.” Allen had 20 points in 29 games for the Winnipeg Thrashers U17 AAA.
Cole Cairns (5’11”, 165, 06, F, Winnipeg)
RD 5 (62nd Overall)
He was drafted 81st overall (4th rd) by the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL Bantam Draft. “Cairns is a forward who skates really well and has signed with Portland of the WHL. We are not sure if we will get him,” says Moar. He played with the Thrashers U18 AAA and posted19 points in 38 games.
Kai Bennett (6’2, 188, 06, G, Souris)
RD 6 (71st Overall)
Bennett started 11 games for the Southwest Cougars U18 AAA this season and posted a record of 5-5, 3.04 GAA and .899 sv%. “We felt he had solid numbers and good size,” says Moar. “He has a lot of upside.”
Hayden Kaczorowski (6’2”, 165, 06, F, Stonewall)
RD 7 (90th Overall)
Last season he registered 31 points in 34 games for the Interlake Lightning U17 AAA and was called up for 4 games with the Interlake Lightning U18 AAA. “He’s a lanky forward who is good in all three zones. He can add points as well as be a defensive standout,” explains Moar.