Three young hockey players from the region were thrilled to hear their names called at the 2022 National Hockey League (NHL) draft on July 7 and 8.

The top local pick off the board during the first day of the NHL draft in Montreal on July 7 was 6’7” Drummondville Voltigeurs defenseman Maveric Lamoureux, from Hawkesbury, who was selected as a first-round pick – 29th overall by the Arizona Coyotes. Lamoureux put up five goals and 27 assists for 31 points through 78 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) regular-season games with the Voltigeurs over the past two seasons.

David Goyette, a 5’11” centre from Saint-Jerome, Québec, was selected in the second round of the NHL draft at 61st overall by the Seattle Kraken. Goyette played his junior hockey with the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL)Sudbury Wolves. Through 66 OHL regular season games, he has posted 33 goals and 40 assists for 73 points.

Rockland native Cedrick Guindon, a 5’10” Centre/Left Winger was drafted during the fourth round by the Montreal Canadiens, with pick number 127. Guindon played his Junior hockey with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack, suiting up for 68 2021-22 OHL regular season games, contributing 30 goals and 29 assists for 59 points.

Local talent Samuel Mayer, a native of L’Orignal, went undrafted. The 6’3” 201-pound, 19-year-old left-handed defenseman is slated to return to the OHL for his final season of junior eligibility, and is hoping an NHL team will reach out via free agency; with the window to sign players’ set to open on July 13. The OHL’s Peterborough Petes rear-guard has 68 OHL regular season games under his belt and has scored 11 goals and 26 assists for 37 points. Mayer played his minor hockey with the Hawkesbury Minor Hockey Association.