Machesney has Capital day

ERIC BENDER -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

Daren Machesney was surprised, a little disappointed and elated as he bounced between his computer and backyard in Lambeth, keeping an eye on Saturday's NHL draft in Ottawa.

"It was getting a little tense there," said the 18-year-old goalie for the Brampton Battalion. "I hoped to go a little higher."

Machesney was picked 143rd and in the fifth round by the Washington Capitals.

"I definitely expected to be drafted but not by that team," he said. "But I'm going to a team that doesn't have much depth in goal so that might help me there."

He expects to be back with the Battalion this season after attending Washington's rookie and development camps. In Brampton last year he was 16-13-6 and is looking forward to a better season with a core of veterans players returning to the Battalion's roster.

Machesney heard of his selection from his aunt in British Columbia who called to tell him. "I guess her computer was a little faster than ours," he said. "It was a good way to find out."

A few close friends came to his home Saturday to congratulate him and celebrate.

A couple of teams -- the Capitals were one -- talked to Machesney but he was still surprised Washington took him, he said.

Machesney played in the Lambeth minor system, graduated to the Elgin-Middlesex elite minor teams and played for the junior B Petrolia Jets and Tier 2 junior A Newmarket Hurricanes before he moved up to the OHL with Brampton.

Another selection of local note was winger Bobby Bolt of the Kingston Frontenacs who played junior B hockey with the St. Thomas Stars. He was taken 127th in the fifth round by Anaheim Mighty Ducks.


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