Newark, New Jersey – Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Michael D. Gillis announced today that the Canucks have selected centre Bo Horvat ninth overall in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Horvat, 18, had 33 goals (33-28-61), including a team-best 17 on the power play, in 67 regular-season games in 2012.13, helping London finish first in the OHL standings. The Rodney, Ontario native scored a league-leading 16 goals (16-7-23) in 21 games during the 2013 Ontario Hockey League playoffs, including the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the OHL championship with 0.1 seconds left in regulation. The goal clinched London’s spot in the Memorial Cup championship for the second consecutive year and Horvat was named the Most Valuable Player of the OHL playoffs.
Horvat represented Canada at the 2012 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. He recorded four points (2-2-4) in five games, helping Canada win the gold. The 6’0”, 206-pound forward also won bronze as captain of Team Ontario at the 2012 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge, where he posted seven points (4-3-7) in six games.