Alex Young was the sixth AJHL alumni to hear his name called at the 2020 NHL Draft last week. The former Eagles forward had to wait around to be selected but was finally taken 196th overall, 7th round, by the San Jose Sharks.
“We couldn’t be happier for the entire family, they are very deserving of this,” added Eagles Coach and General Manager, Andrew Milne. “We congratulate Alex on this accomplishment and wish him all the best in his future.”
The native of Calgary, Alberta had a successful Junior career with the Canmore Eagles before joining the Colgate Men’s hockey program for the 2020-21 season.
Young was regarded as one of the elite talents during his 172 game stint in the AJHL. The Calgary native tallied 91 goals and 206 points with the Eagles with his career high coming last season when he hit the 36 goals and 82 point mark. After being named Rookie of the Year in 2017-2018, Young went on to be an AJHL South Division All-Star Team member in both 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.
The Young family has been a huge part of the Eagles organization over the past five seasons with Alex’s older brother Colton captaining the team, and now with his younger brother Kyle on the current roster.
Young put together a very impressive 2019-2020 season, finishing 9th in League scoring and was voted Canmore Eagles M.V.P. He opened the season as a member of Team AJHL at the 2019 Junior Club World Cup in Russia, where he was voted the tournament’s Best Forward. He was also selected to play in the 2020 CJHL Top Prospects Game and was voted Player of the Game, as well as took part in the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, BC.
The former Eagles start will now take his talents to Colgate University of the NCAA.