By BRAD PERRY
LEWISPORTE — It was a proud day for the many family, friends and fans of Lucas Batt as he was selected by the Victoriaville Tigres in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) draft held June 9 in Quebec City.
Lucas was selected in the second round and was supported by his family along with many fans watching the draft online. The selection to the QMJHL is a historic one for the Lewisporte Area Minor Hockey Association as Lucas was chosen 37th overall. This makes him the highest ranked player ever from the Association to be selected by a professional team. Lucas follows in the footsteps of two other local players Greg Feltham and Lucas Eveleigh who were selected by the Halifax Mooseheads in 1998 and 2002.
Local Minor Hockey Association president Greg Feltham expressed his congratulations to Lucas.
“On behalf of the Lewisporte and Area Minor Hockey Association I would like to congratulate Lucas Batt on being chosen 37th overall in this years QMJHL draft,” he said. “Lucas is a great role model for the kids in our association and we wish him the best of luck throughout his junior career, and eventually pro career."
To sum up the event for Lucas, he called it an “awesome day and a great experience.”
“It gives me a taste of what the NHL draft is like and it is a great stepping stone to getting to my goal,” he told The Pilot.
Roughly 6,000 people were watching the draft along with heavy media attention focused on the future stars. The congratulatory messages from family and friends poured in on social media minutes after the announcement. Lucas graciously accepted and thanked all of his supporters a short time later.