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Four Cape Breton West Islanders selected in ‘Q’ draft

It’s not common that a player is drafted into major junior hockey after playing three full seasons at the major midget level, but Antigonish’s Calum MacPherson bucked that trend when he was selected 117th overall, by the Rimouski Océanic, in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft June 2.
It’s not common that a player is drafted into major junior hockey after playing three full seasons at the major midget level, but Antigonish’s Calum MacPherson bucked that trend when he was selected 117th overall, by the Rimouski Océanic, in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft June 2. - Richard MacKenzie

Antigonish’s Calum MacPherson achieved a rarity when it comes to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) draft; being drafted as a 17-year-old.

MacPherson, a key contributor to the Cape Breton West Major Midget Islanders’ Telus Cup championship team from 2016-17, was selected 177th overall by the Rimouski Océanic, during the June 2 draft.

MacPherson completed his third-year with the Port Hood-based Islanders this past season.

Earlier in the draft, with the 110th selection, the Océanic selected Islanders’ forward Matt Ellis, who is the brother of Rimouski goaltender Colten Ellis – a teammate of MacPherson’s on the national champs.

The Ellis brothers are from River Denys, Inverness County.

A cousin to Colten and Matt, Chase Ellis, was the highest drafted CBW player this year; Chase went 50th overall to the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

The physical forward with good offensive skills, is from Whycocomagh, Inverness County.

A fourth CBW player drafted into the ‘Q’ on the day was defenceman Dell Welton, who went 190th to the Charlottetown Islanders. Welton, a strong skater who also handles the puck well, is a Baddeck, Victoria County, resident. 

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