PITTSBURGH, PA (NEWS1130) – The Vancouver Canucks stayed patient throughout the evening and when their pick finally came they made centre Brendan Gaunce the 26th overall selection at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

The 18-year-old native of Sudbury, Ontario, is considered to be a two-way centre. In 68 games with the OHL’s Belleville Bulls last season, Gaunce tallied 68 points (20 goals, 48 assists).

Gaunce, six foot two and 215 pounds, earned a gold medal with Canada at the 2011 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and a bronze medal at the 2012 World Under-18 Championship.

Brendan follows in the footsteps of his brother Cameron who was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2008 Entry Draft.

Gaunce was the highest scoring minor midget player in Ontario, tallying 55 goals and 93 assists in 86 games for the Markham Waxers in 2009-10.

Earlier in the first round, a pair of players who grew up playing together with the Hollyburn Minor Hockey Association were selected back-to-back. Edmonton Oil Kings defenceman Griffin Reinhart was taken fourth overall by the New York Islanders followed by defenceman Morgan Rielly of the Moose Jaw Warriors, who was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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