NANAIMO — The Junior A Timbermen were front and centre at the BCJALL draft on Saturday.
Nanaimo hosted the event for the first time ever and came away with 12 of the 48 players selected.
Heading into the draft new General Manager Dave Bremner said he would be focussing on island players, which is exactly what the Tmen did.
Nanaimo's first selection was 10th overall and they went with Cowichan Valley goaltender Colin Jeffrey.
It was a special day for Jeffrey's family, his mom and dad along with his brother and uncle were in attendance at the Bowen Park Auditorium.
"It feels pretty good," said Jeffrey. "I'm looking forward to a good year with the Nanaimo Timbermen."
Nanaimo was active in the second round picking Geoff Ward and Mason McAdams out of Saanich 12th and 13th overall, and then adding Nanaimo's Will Cookman at 16.
In round three the Tmen added Ari Stevens from the Saanich Tigers.
The other players picked by Bremner include Drew McFadyen and Sam Zeisberger from Peninsula, Nathan Clark and Gavin Spencer from Cowichan Valley, Graeme Getty and Hank Wulder out of Saanich, and Aidan Cateaux from Nanaimo.
The BCJALL season will open at the end of April with the Timbermen looking for a major improvement over a 2-19 record last year.
According to commissioner Karl Christiansen the league schedule will be out at the end of the month.