The quartet of Cowichan Valley players picked in WHL draft

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KEVIN ROTHBAUER

4 gamers with connections to the Cowichan Valley were picked in the Western Hockey Organization Potential Customer Draft on Thursday, May 19.

The four include 2 products of neighborhood small hockey organizations, and 3 gamers from the Shawnigan Lake School U15 prep team.

The Shawnigan set included Kerry Park small hockey alum Brendyn Van Oene, that was chosen 188th general in the 9th round by the Brandon Wheat Kings. A six-foot, 160-pound left wing, Van Oene uploaded 24 goals and also 16 aids in 29 games this past period.

” Brendyn is a very vibrant player with intense offending impulses,” Shawnigan U15 preparation train James Pollock commented. “He has a really quick release and exact shot. He is a driven hockey gamer with high desires of dipping into the following degree.”

The first Shawnigan player taken in the draft was Eliot Compton, a 6-foot-1, 155-pound right wing from Victoria who set up 22 goals and 27 assists in 30 games. Compton entered the 5th round, 109th in general, to the Edmonton Oil Kings.

” Eliot has an extremely innovative method of having fun as well as the skill to back it up,” Pollock said. “He’s a huge kid that will just improve with maturation as well as focus on fitness and also strength.”

Liam Loughery, a 6-foot-2, 194-pound defenceman from Pitt Meadows, was picked in the 8th round, 172nd on the whole, by the Brandon Wheat Kings. Loughery had four goals and 20 helps in 30 games in 2021-22.

” Liam is a really fully grown young man with nice grace on the ice,” Pollock claimed. “He brings a feeling of tranquility to the storage locker room. Liam is a solid leader, defensively and positionally sound.”

Crofton’s Wyatt Blace, that turned up through the Cowichan Valley small hockey system, was picked in the seventh round, 139th overall by the Calgary Hitmen. The six-foot, 153-pound right wing installed 59 points on 22 goals as well as 37 helps in 30 ready the Pacific Coast Hockey Academy U15 preparation group this past period.

” Brendyn is a very vibrant player with extreme offending reactions,” Shawnigan U15 prep coach James Pollock commented. He is a driven hockey gamer with high goals of playing at the following degree.”

” Liam is an extremely mature young male with wonderful grace on the ice,” Pollock said.

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