In a classy move that tugs at the heartstrings, the Ontario Hockey League has confirmed that pick no. 74 at Saturday’s priority selections draft will be dedicated to the memory of Roy Pejcinovski.
A former goalie with the Don Mills Flyers of the Greater Toronto Hockey League, Pejcinovski was tragically killed, along with his mother and sister, in March of 2018.
He was a Don Mills teammate of, among others, forwards Shane Wright and Brennan Othmann. Wright and Othmann will be selected first and second overall, respectively, by the Kingston Frontenacs and Flint Firebirds at Saturday’s OHL priority selections draft.
“Roy was a very special young man … loved by his family, friends, and teammates,” relayed OHL commissioner David Branch.
“The sadness from this devastating loss was shared around the hockey community but in particular among those who played with and against Roy in the 2003-born minor hockey age group. It’s only fitting that Roy be remembered among his peers with his name forever listed as a 2019 OHL priority selection pick,” Branch added.
Pejcinovski will be selected with the 74th overall pick in the fourth round of Saturday’s OHL draft in recognition of the jersey number he wore in minor hockey.
Kitchener Rangers, who previously held the 74th pick, will now choose 75th overall, with all subsequent team picks adjusted accordingly.