WAUSAU — Christian Bardarson didn’t have to wait long Wednesday night as the North American Tier Three Hockey Leauge held their annual draft. The former Wausau West standout was selected first overall in the 2017 NA3HL Draft by the Wausau RiverWolves, who will begin their Inaugural Season this coming fall at Marathon Park.

Christian Bardarson (Photo credit: wisconsinprephockey.net) Credit: Clint Bowman

Bardarson, a forward, recorded 38 points in 24 games for Wausau West High School this past season.

In addition to Bardarson, the RiverWolves made 8 other selection in the 2017 NA3HL draft including another Wausau West athlete, Kellen Tharaldson.

Tharaldson was chosen in the second round.

Other picks for the RiverWolves:

4th Round #142 Overall: Matej Huncik, F Bay Port High School

4th Round #154 Overall: Cade McEwen, G Hermantown High School

5th Round #189 Overall: Andrew Trelstad, F Chicago Lakes High School

6th Round #236 Overall: Dawson Schwengler, F Eau Claire Memorial High School

6th Round #242 Overall: Garrett Alton, F Kenosha Komets

7th Round #295 Overall: Jeff Bishop, D Verona High School

8th Round #330 Overall: Barak Broad, F Sheridan High School

RiverWolves Head Coach Tim Brownell said he is pleased with how the organization’s first draft in franchise history played out.

Kellen Tharaldson (Photo credit: wisconsinprephockey.net)

“I believe the draft was a total success for our organization,” Brownell said. “We were able to key in on some big-time impact players that will help the success of the program from day one. Getting local Wausau boys in the draft was our main goal and focus, and to be able to grab two of them with our first two picks was unbelievable.”

Brownell said the draft is another stepping stone to building a successful team.

“I cannot wait until September when we can get these talented players together on the ice,” he said.

Season schedule information is expected to be released in the coming weeks.