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Chiefs pick defenseman first in bantam draft

The Spokane Chiefs selected defenseman Evan Fiala with the 14th overall pick in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft on Thursday.

Fiala, a 6-foot-2 and 171-pound defenseman, played in 23 games last season with the Valley Vipers of the Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey Leage, were he had five goals and 32 points to go along with 87 penalty minutes.

The Chiefs drafted 10 players, including five in the first four rounds.

Spokane’s second-round selection, Curtis Miske, led the Camrose Vikings of the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League in scoring last season with 19 goals and 45 points in 33 games.

The Chiefs selected goaltender Tyson Verhelst with their third pick, the highest round the team has taken a goalie since 2005. Verhelst went 15-4 last season with the Bantam AA Brandon Wheat Kings.

Also drafted by the Chiefs were Jordan Henderson (fourth round, defenseman), Jordan Kawaguchi (fourth, center), Tyson Helgesen (fifth, defenseman), Marcus Vela (seventh, center), Ben Hanley (eighth, left wing), Nick Lenius (eighth, defenseman) and Darien Craighead (eighth, right wing).