Erie Otters defenseman Ty Henry selected in NHL draft

Erie Otters defenseman Ty Henry selected in NHL draft
Erie Otters defenseman Ty Henry selected in NHL draft

Add Ty Henry to the list of Erie Otters who heard their names mentioned in a National Hockey League draft.

The Chicago Blackhawks selected Henry in the sixth round on Saturday. The 6-foot-1 defenseman, who turns 18 on July 19, was the 163rd general player selected.

Otters General Manager Dave Brown commented on the Blackhawks’ decision in a team news release.

“We are very excited for Ty,” he said. “Ty’s dedication and determination have allowed him to achieve his goal. We can’t wait to work with Ty, and the Blackhawks are committed to supporting his growth and progress.”

Henry extended Erie’s current streak of having at least one player drafted by an NHL franchise since 2020.

Last year, the Anaheim Ducks selected center Carey Terrance in the second round.

Although the Otters selected Henry during the OHL’s 2022 priority selection draft, last season was his first full season in the league. He skated in 54 regular season games, recorded seven assists and had a plus-minus rating of zero.

Henry also appeared in each of the Otters’ games vs. Kitchener during their Western Conference quarterfinal series of the OHL playoffs, with the Rangers winning in six.

Henry was drafted by a Chicago franchise that selected Connor Bedard with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The Blackhawks’ 2023-2024 roster also included right winger Taylor Raddysh, who skated for Erie from 2014 to 2018. He helped the Otters win the OHL’s 2016-17 Robertson Cup.

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Exhibitions outside Erie

The Otters announced their 2024 preseason schedule earlier this week. They have six games scheduled, five of which will definitely be held at Canadian rinks.

Erie, in its second full season with Stan Butler as coach, opens that series with games from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. However, only the Aug. 30 game will be against the host Rangers.

The Otters’ Aug. 31 game will be against Brantford and the Sept. 1 game will be against Saginaw.

Erie will play in London on September 6. The next day, a rematch between the rivals will take place at a rink yet to be determined.

The Otters’ preseason schedule ends on September 20 against Oshawa. That match will take place at Dunnville (Ontario) Memorial Arena.

Erie returns to Kitchener for the official 2024-25 season opener on September 27.

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