Sting go ‘California Dreamin’ on draft day

Barry Wright

The Sarnia Sting chose a California-born centre of Ukrainian parents with their first pick, the 10th overall, in the OHL Priority Selection on Saturday, April 11.

Alexander “Sasha” Chmelevski, 15, moved east to further his hockey career and played with the Honeybaked minor hockey system in Detroit, where he had 10 goal and 24 points in 25 games this past season.

Sting owner and head coach Derian Hatcher has strong ties to the Honeybaked system, with his brother Kevin having previously coached there.

Sarnia had two second round selections and chose centre Ryan McGregor of Burlington, and goaltender Aiden Hughes of London, both 16.

1st Round – 10th Overall                              Sasha Chmelevski                         Detroit Honeybaked

2nd Round – 24th Overall                             Ryan McGregor                             Burlington Eagles

2nd Round – 34th Overall                             Aiden Hughes                                London Jr. Knights

3rd Round – 49th Overall                             Quinton Hughes                            Toronto Marlies

4th Round – 69st Overall                              Kelton Hatcher                               Team Comcast U16

7th Round – 129th Overall                           Matthew Kellenberger                 Toronto Nationals

8th Round – 149th Overall                           Colton McKenna                           Buffalo Regals 16U

9th Round – 169th Overall                           Holden Hrysko                              Burlington Eagles

10th Round – 189th Overall                         Cameron Babiak                           Detroit Honeybaked

11th Round – 209th Overall                         Anthony Bertucca                         Quinte Red Devils

12th Round – 229th Overall                         Matthew Cassidy                          Team Comcast U16

13th Round – 249th Overall                         Curtis Egert                                    Southern Tier Admirals

14th Round – 269th Overall                         Nash Nienhuis                               Lambton Jr. Sting