Kielly rememebers his draft day fondly

Jason Malloy
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Kameron Kielly remembers June 9, 2012 like it was yesterday.

It was the day the teenager was selected in the first round (18th overall) by the Gatineau Olympiques in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft.

“It was exciting, but it was a nervous process, too,” the Charlottetown resident told The Guardian Saturday morning. “It was a fun day for me and my family.”

Kielly was the last pick of the first round.

“It doesn’t really matter where you go in the draft . . . as long as you get chosen, you have a chance to make the team,” he said.

Kielly was one of the youngest players in the Canadian Hockey League in 2012-13. After the season Gatineau traded him to the Charlottetown Islanders. The Isles sent defenceman Alexandre Chenier-Allard, their first-round pick in 2014 (fourth overall) and a fourth round selection in 2016 while also receiving fifth- and eighth-round picks in 2015.

This year’s draft begins today at 11 a.m. ADT with the Islanders holding the seventh overall selection.

“It’s a special for these guys coming into the league,” Kielly said. “It’s a pretty special day with your family, so I hope these kids enjoy it.”

Kielly was one of four members of the Charlottetown Mark’s Work Wearhouse Islanders major midgets selected in 2012.

Defenceman Tanner McCabe went in the third round to Moncton, forward Alex Gallant went to Acadie-Bathurst in the third while blue-liner Michael White was a fifth-round pick of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

“That was pretty fun. We were all close growing up,” Kielly said. “It was special and we had a lot of fun with it.”

Kielly will be at Hunter’s Ale House for today’s draft party.

Organizations: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft, Canadian Hockey League, Islanders Rouyn-Noranda Huskies Ale House

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Moncton

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