Local hockey player Stinton chosen by the Pats in the WHL bantam draft

Two Flin Flon area hockey players are among the latest prospects selected in the WHL draft.

A hockey prodigy from Channing is among the latest prospects selected in the WHL Draft.

Wyatt Stinton was selected in the league’s annual bantam draft on May 19, placing 102nd overall in the fifth round of the draft against the Regina Pats. The draft is open to the best 14- and 15-year-old talent from Western Canada and the United States.

Listed at 5-foot-8, 145 pounds, Stinton played this season with the U15 prep team at Rink Hockey Academy in Winnipeg. In 30 games with the club, Stinton scored 23 goals and added 24 assists for 47 points overall, finishing third in the team standings. This was Stinton’s first full season of hockey outside of northern Manitoba, having played for teams representing the northern or Flin Flon minor hockey programs until that season.

Stinton played in the prestigious Brick Invitational Hockey Tournament in Edmonton in 2017, leading Team Manitoba into the tournament with five goals and 11 points in six games. Before the second wave of COVID-19 brought the 2020/21 season to a halt, Stinton played for the Norman Wolves U15 AAA side, leading the team in scoring with five goals and nine points in five games.

Stinton, the son of former Bomber Tyler Stinton, is the third local product to be selected in the WHL Draft in the Flin Flon/Creighton/Denare Beach area in recent years. Justin Lies was selected by the Vancouver Giants with the 56th overall pick in the 2018 WHL Draft, in the third round, while elsewhere in the Lies family, Joey Lies was picked 133rd overall – in the seventh round – by the Swift Current Broncos in 2020.

Before Stinton and the Lees, the Flin Flon area had a talent dry spell in the WHL Draft – the last player before those three to be selected was Allan Meyer, who was drafted by the Red Deer Rebels in the eighth round in 2007.

Catherine J. Martinez