The Saginaw Spirit extended their streak to 14 consecutive seasons with at least one player selected in the NHL Draft Saturday, when goaltender Tristan Lennox and left wing Josh Bloom heard their names called at the 2021 NHL Draft.
Cambridge, Ontario native Tristan Lennox was selected by the New York Islanders in the third round, 93rd overall Saturday afternoon. Lennox is the fourth Spirit player drafted by the Islanders in the last four NHL Drafts (Wilde, Jenkins ’18, Coskey ’19).
Lennox enjoyed his first 20-win campaign during the 2019-20 season, his second OHL season. The Cambridge, Ontario native was the highest goaltender selected in the second round, 26th overall, in the 2018 Under-17 Priority Selection Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound netminder will participate in the Canadian National Junior Team summer development program with teammate Cole Perfetti on July 28 in Calgary, Alberta.
Lennox plays in honor of his late grandfather, Richard Wall, who passed away from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in May of 2020. He, along with his parents Jeoff and Kim developed “Lenny’s House” a charitable organization designed to raise funds for ALS research and helps victims and families impacted by the disease. For more information and how to make a donation, visit lennyshouse.ca
Oakville, Ontario native Josh Bloom was selected two picks later in the third round, 95th overall by the Buffalo Sabres. Bloom is the first Spirit selected by the Sabres since Justin Kea (third round, 73rd overall) in 2012.
Bloom played in his rookie OHL season in 2019-20, scoring six goals and eight assists in 54 games. He became the first rookie in OHL history to score his first two career goals via the penalty shot. The Oakville, Ontario native was selected by the Spirit in the second round, 30th overall, in the 2019 Under-17 Priority Selection.
The six-foot-one, 175-pound winger had points in six of his last seven games before the COVID-19 pause ended the season in March of 2020.