The North American Hockey League announced today that its coaches and general managers have selected Chicago Fury U16 forward Derek Zike as the first overall pick in the 2009 NAHL Entry Draft.
Derek was seriously injured during a game at a tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich., in January. Learn more about Derek at DerekZike.com.
“Derek has shown tremendous strength and courage over the last few months and we’re honored to have him as our first overall selection in the draft,” said NAHL commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “As a league, we’re committed to his recovery and to the support of his family.”
Today’s NAHL Entry Draft also kicks off the online auction of hockey memorabilia and more through eBay in which all proceeds will benefit the Derek Zike Special Needs Trust. The 10-day auction will end on Saturday, May 30.
The remaining results of the draft will be posted on NAHL.com in alphabetical order by team in its entirety upon completion.
For more information on the NAHL Entry Draft, visit the draft’s FAQ page.