By Carter Brooks
Photo by Laurie Anderson
Ty Thorpe of Brandon, Manitoba was selected in last week's United States Hockey League Draft. Thorpe - a 5-foot-11, 165-pound forward out of Winnipeg's The Rink Hockey Academy, was chosen in the eighth round, 14th overall by the Fargo Force.
After registering 30 goals and 70 points for the AAA Wheat Kings, Thorpe made the switch over to RHA - a decision that clearly helped his development.
Thorpe spent two seasons with the Nationals, racking up 13 goals and 42 points in his bantam season (2016-17) and 15 goals and 33 points in his midget year (2017-18). Thorpe also produced in the playoffs, putting up four goals and eight points in eight games.
Amongst the 450 players drafted in early May, Thorpe headlined the list of notable Manitobans.
Goaltender Matthew Thiessen of Altona and forward Riese Gaber of Gilbert Plains were selected by Dubuque. Chicago took centreman James McIsaac. The Winnipeg Wild's Kyle Bettens went to Fargo, while Grande Point's Matthew Osadick went to Cedar Rapids.
The USHL is the top junior league in the United States, and currently has 17 teams scattered across the Midwest region of America. Players selected in the 2018 USHL Draft are expected to show up to their respective teams' training camps mid-summer.