Kenai River Brown Bears forward Max Helgeson chases the puck along the boards against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Max Helgeson chases the puck along the boards against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Brown Bears select 8 in draft

Staff report

The Kenai River Brown Bears selected eight players in the North American Hockey League Entry Draft held Wednesday.

By drafting the player, the Brown Bears get the NAHL rights to that player. The number of players each team gets to select in the draft depends on how many are on the team’s protected list, which is made up of veterans, tenders and players that were taken in the NAHL Supplemental Draft.

In the first round with the 14th pick, the Bears drafted Wasilla’s Bryant Marks, a 5-foot, 10-inch goalie from Wasilla. Marks has a 2004 birthdate. This upcoming junior season will be the final year of eligibility for those with 2001 birthdates.

The Bears picked up three players in the third round. Tyler Crist, a 5-10, 175-pound forward from Bethesda, Maryland, came off the board first. Crist has a 2001 birthdate.

Next came Hunter Allen, a 5-11, 180-pound forward from Trenton, Michigan, with a 2003 birthdate. The final third-round selection was Luke Panchisin, a 5-7, 150-pound forward from Chicago with a 2002 birthdate.

The fourth round saw the Bears take Max Marquette, a 5-11, 165-pound forward from Farmington Hills, Michigan, with a 2003 birthdate.

In the fifth round, the Bears took Owen Simmons, a 5-10, 170-pound defenseman from Rigaud, Quebec, with a 2004 birthdate. The sixth-round selection was Bryce Grandbois, a 6-4, 195-pound right wing from Windsor, Ontario, with a 2004 birthdate.

In the seventh round, Kenai River selected Logan Kroyman, a 6-2, 165-pound forward from Deerfield Beach, Florida, with a 2002 birthdate.

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