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California natives aplenty chosen in pair of 2018 USHL Drafts


The United States Hockey League held its pair of annual drafts this week and numerous players with California ties were selected.

Phase I on Monday was for players born in 2002, while Phase II on Tuesday was open to all junior-eligible players.



4th round, 53rd overall
Thomas Stift, F, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (Chino Hills, Los Angeles Jr. Kings)

10th round, 145th overall
Kobe Pane, D, Central Illinois Flying Aces (Boulder Creek, Anaheim Jr. Ducks)


2nd round, 18th overall
Nathan Burke, F, Des Moines Buccaneers (Jr. Kings)

3rd round, 35th overall
Andre Ghantous, F, Omaha Lancers (Glendale, LA Selects, Jr. Ducks, Jr. Kings)

4th round, 58th overall
Nolan McElhaney, D, Muskegon Lumberjacks (Jr. Ducks)

5th round, 79th overall
Luke Robinson, D, Fargo Force (Dublin, San Jose Jr. Sharks)

7th round, 105th overall
Kaelan Taylor, D, Dubuque Fighting Saints (Oceanside, San Diego Jr. Gulls, Jr. Kings)

7th round, 108th overall
Cooper Haar, F, Dubuque Fighting Saints (Huntington Beach, Jr. Kings, Jr. Ducks)

9th round, 147th overall
Patrick Choi, F, Omaha Lancers (Jr. Ducks)

11th round, 168th overall
Garrett Nieto, G, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (Yorba Linda, Jr. Kings, Jr. Ducks)

14th round, 222nd overall
Joseph Harguindeguy, F, Muskegon Lumberjacks (La Habra, Jr. Ducks)

15th round, 229th overall
Jonathan Panisa, F, Central Illinois Flying Aces (Irvine, Jr. Ducks)

18th round, 290th overall
Tomas Urbanec, F, Fargo Force (Jr. Kings, Long Beach Bombers)

(May 8, 2018)

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