Cote selected sixth overall in OLA Junior A draft
by Randy Pascal
Another lacrosse highlight coming Sudbury’s way as local product Felix Coté was recently selected sixth overall in the 2016 Ontario Lacrosse
Association Junior “A” Draft.
A member of the U17 national team that competed in the fall in Syracuse, Coté was chosen by the Barrie Lakeshores. The long-time “AAA” hockey
player is currently attending St Andrews College in Aurora, in the hopes of garnering an NCAA scholarship in field lacrosse.
Some interesting sidenotes about others at the top end of this draft. Alexander Simmons, chosen numberone overall by the St Catharines
Athletics, currently attends Culver Academy in Indiana, and has already committed to the University of Denver Pioneers lacrosse team for
Taken right behind Simmons, Devlin Shanahan, the nephew of former NHLer Brendan Shanahan, was also drafted by the Windsor Spitfires
back in 2015 (13th round). Shanahan was a member of the Mississauga Reps in his minor midget year of hockey.
A somewhat similar story for Liam Ham, a sixth round pick of the Niagara Ice Dogs in 2015, and currently a member of the Aurora Tigers
of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Despite being pegged third overall in the lacrosse draft, also by the Barrie Lakeshores, all signs point to Ham bypassing lacrosse in favour of pursuing
his hockey career.
A total of 22 players from across the province would see their names appear on the computer screen, as the OLA Junior "A" loop dispersed talent from
non Junior "A centers on January 29th.