Otters draft Maple Leafs prospect Olden in CHL Import Draft

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League selected Norwegian left wing Sondre Olden from Modo Hockey of the Elitserien with the 31st overall selection in the 2011 CHL Import Draft Wednesday afternoon.

Born August 29, 1992 in Oslo, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound Olden was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round (79th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Otters captain Greg McKegg was drafted by the Leafs in the same draft, at the 61st overall position.

Olden played for the Under-20 program of MODO last season, grabbing 22 points in 33 games. He also represented his native Norway at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo.

Elite Prospects describes Olden as “A lanky and offensively skilled forward with surprisingly quick feet. Olden is a creative player with good hockey sense and strong technical skills.” Hockey’s Future said that Olden “moves very well for his size and is a dangerous offensive threat that can lineup at any forward position. For all his offensive success, he also is a very capable two-way forward.”

The Otters will select their next player in the 37th spot and pass on their two second round picks.

The London Knights used the first overall pick to select Finnish defenseman Olli Maataa. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Quebec Remparts selected Russian forward Mikhail Grigorenko with the second overall pick, while the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League selected Swedish center Victor Rask, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect.

2011-12 Season Tickets are available at one of the most affordable prices in the Ontario Hockey League. Reserve your seat for all 34 Otters home games and receive a number of outstanding Season Ticket Holder Benefits including personalized Season Ticket Books, free tickets to Otters pre-season games played at the Tullio Arena, unused ticket redemption opportunities, merchandise discounts and more! Ask about our new VIP Hat Trick Club!

The ninth annual Erie Otters Champions for Education Golf Tournament will be held Monday, August 29th at Lake Shore Country Club. The noon shotgun tournament offers golfers an opportunity to play a round with a member of the Otters (current or alumni) on one of Erie’s most challenging and picturesque 18-hole courses. The benefactor of the Tournament is the Erie Otters Education Fund, which supports The Brad Boyes Scholarship, awarded annually to a local male high school athlete who excels on and off the playing field. The Fund also assists in the educational needs of former members of the Otters following their OHL careers. The tournament also supports numerous charities. Registration for the tourney is $150 per player and includes golf with cart, lunch, snacks and beverages on the course, dinner following golf, prizes and much, much more. Space is limited so register today by calling the Otters Office at 814-455-7779.

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