Calgary, AB. - The Vancouver Giants have selected Tyler Benson with their first overall pick in the 2013 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
Benson played last season with the South Side Athletic Club Southgate Lions of the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League (AMBHL) that captured the Alberta and Western Canadian AAA Championships. The Edmonton native broke the AMBHL record for the most points in a season tallying 146 points (57 goals, 89 assists) in 33 games played.
"We are very excited to have selected Tyler with the first overall pick. He has proven to be a mature player who doesn't only produce but also makes everyone around him better," Giants' executive vice president and general manager, Scott Bonner said in a statement.
"He will be a great addition to the organization," added Giants' majority owner Ron Toigo. "Tyler has the potential of being a player we can build our franchise around."