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OHL holds virtual draft amidst coronavirus pandemic

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OHL holds virtual draft amidst coronavirus pandemic

Ontario Hockey League’s 2020 draft starts Saturday morning like no other because yesterday it was a coronavirus caused by pandemic diseases.

League organization’s team owners and journal managers have been forced to make the draft online as they follow government and healthcare recommendations to follow physical distance in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

With the first overall pick in the 2020 OHL draft, the North Bay Battalion selected defenceman Ty Nelson from the Toronto Jr. Canadiens.

The Niagara IceDogs held the second overall pick, with Sarnia, Sault Ste. overall others choose the overall Marie and Kingston won in the first five.

The Hamilton Bulldogs selected defenceman Jorian Donovan from the Kanata Lasers with the sixth overall selection.

Donovan, who celebrates his 16th birthday on Sunday, scored eight goals and added 19 assists in 38 games with Kanata in 2019-20.

The native of Richmond, Ontario, located just south of Ottawa, is a left-shot defense man who is listed at 6’0”, 158lbs.

Top prospect Adam Fantilli, who scared away many teams after committing to play alongside his older brother Luca with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League, was selected 18th overall by the Saginaw Spirit.

Top prospect Adam Fantilli, who scared away many teams after committing to play alongside his older brother Luca with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League, was selected 18th overall by the Saginaw Spirit.

The first three rounds of the OHL Draft is being broadcast on the league’s YouTube channel.

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