It was a good day for the Huron Perth Lakers as the OHL Priority Selection was conducted this past Saturday
Heading into the 5th round, the Soo Greyhounds selected Brendan Childerley 99th overall. A native of Stratford, Brendan played 56 games for the Lakers last season earning 18 goals and 25 assists, good for 43 points. In addition, at the completion of their season, he earned an immediate promotion & finished the season with the Stratford Cullitons Jr B club.
The Greyhounds have an impressive Alumni list, with names such as Wayne Gretzky, Adam Foote, Ray Emery, Paul Coffee, Joe Thornton, Jeff Carter & former Soo Captain and Lakers alumnus Cody Thornton. The Greyhounds are also coached by former Stratford resident, Craig Hartsburg.
Lakers Goaltender Baird Kelly was a 12th-round, 236th overall pick of the Brampton Battalion. Kelly, also a Stratford resident, posted a goals-against average of 2.35 with seven shutouts in 37 games.
As a Battalion pick, Baird will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Lakers alumnus- Aaron Lobb, NHL Superstars Jason Spezza & Raffi Torres.
Following story is Courtesy of Stratford Beacon Herald / Steve Rice- Spots Editor:
"Two Stratford players were chosen in the Ontario Hockey League priority selection Saturday, while one former Stratford Culliton was a surprising second-round pick."
"Forward Brendan Childerley and goalie Baird Kelly, both members of the Huron-Perth Lakers AAA minor midget team, were taken by Sault Ste. Marie and Brampton respectively in the annual internet draft of midget-age players.
Childerley, a five foot 11, 170-pound centre, had 18 goals and 43 points with the Lakers. He also appeared in four regular-season games with the Cullitons, earning a goal and assist, and four playoff games with the junior B team.
He was selected in the fifth round, 99th overall, by the Greyhounds, coached by Stratford native and former NHL defenceman Craig Hartsburg, who called Childerley shortly after the selection.
“I got calls from family and friends and some people dropped by — it was a pretty exciting day,” said Childerley, who was at the Cullitons’ spring training camp Saturday morning and was resting in his room when his brother, Scott, saw his name pop up on the internet, triggering the excitement.
“I’m going to go up there, put it all on the line and hopefully come out with a roster spot. They (Greyhounds) are in a rebuilding year. They’re losing seven players and they drafted one other centre in the fifth round (Ryan MacLean of Burlington).”
Childerley will attend a rookie camp May 31, where there will be scrimmages as well as a meet-and-greet barbecue with players, fans and billets.
Brendan and older brother Scott were born in Timmins while their father, OPP Constable Glen Childerley, was posted in South Porcupine. But Brendan was less than a year old when Glen and wife Colleen moved to Stratford after Glen joined the Sebringville OPP.
“I don’t remember it, but I hear it was awesome (up north),” he said. “And the team is in the Western Conference so they’ll play in London and Kitchener and places like that.”
Kelly, the son of Dr. Jim and Suzanne Kelly of Stratford, was taken in the 12th round, 236th overall, by the Brampton Battalion. In 37 games, Kelly posted a 2.35 goals-against average and seven shutouts.
The 16-year-old, grade 11 student at Stratford Northwestern, is also an outstanding left-handed pitcher with the London Badgers minor midgets."
Baird Kelly's Bio
Baird James David Kelly was born Jan. 2, 1992 at Stratford General Hospital. 16 years old, he is a Gr. 10 student at Stratford Northwestern Secondary School. Baird is 5’11”, 180 lb. He has a 10-year-old brother, Liam, also a hockey player. Baird’s father, Jim, practices dentistry in Stratford and his mother, Suzanne, is an elementary school Principal at Upper Thames Elementary School in Mitchell.
Baird’s first year of hockey was at the age of 10 when he played house league goalie at the Atom level in Stratford, under coach Dave Ashkanase. The next year he played goal at the MD level with John Haldane. In 2004 he played Major Pee Wee Warrior hockey with Glen McCann. In 2005 Baird played Minor Bantam for Jim Brydges. For the past two years Baird has played goal for the Huron-Perth Lakers with Jason Baier and Paul Petrie as coaches.
This year Baird’s GAA was 2.35, posting 7 shutouts.
Baird plays many sports at school. His main interest outside of hockey, however, is baseball. He played minor ball in Downie Township, Mitchell and Stratford before joining the AAA London Badgers in 2005. Baird is a left-handed pitcher and centerfielder. His team won the OBA championship this past year and Baird was voted MVP for the tournament.