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Western Hockey League completes first round of 2022 WHL Prospects Draft – Seattle Thunderbirds

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League completed the first round of the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft online today.

With the first-overall pick in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft, the Medicine Hat Tigers used the selection to take forward Gavin McKenna (Whitehorse, Yukon / Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna, U18). Shortly after the selection of McKenna, the Tigers announced the No. 1 pick had signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement.

Of the 22 players selected, there were 15 forwards and seven defensemen chosen. Of those, eight came from Alberta, six from Saskatchewan, four from British Columbia, three from Manitoba, and one from Yukon Territory.

A total of 16 players from Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) teams were selected in the first round.

Players eligible for the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft were 2007-born players residing in Alberta, BC, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of all players selected in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft.

2022 WHL Prospects Draft Results

Round One

#1 – Medicine Hat Tigers
Name: Gavin McKenna Position: Forward Hometown: Whitehorse, Yukon
Team: Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna U18 Prep Stats: 35 GP – 23W-42A–65 points

#2 – Tri-City Americans
Name: Jackson Smith Position: Defense Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Team: Edge School U15 Prep Stats: 29 GP – 15G-23A–35 points

#3 – Victoria Royals
Name: Cole Reschny Position: Forward Hometown: Macklin, Sask.
Team: Northern Alberta Xtreme U15 Prep Stats:251 GP – 40G-52A–92 points

#4 – Calgary Hitmen
Name: Reese Hamilton Position: Defense Hometown: Whitewood, Sask.
Team: Northern Alberta Xtreme U15 Prep Stats: 27 GP – 12G-42A–54 points

#5 – Regina Pats
Name: Cole Temple Position: Forward Hometown: Brandon, Man.
Team: Brandon Wheat Kings U15 Stats: 28 GP – 58G-50A–108 points

#6 – Swift Current Broncos
Name: Peyton Kettles Position: Defense Hometown: Winnipeg, Man.
Team: Rink Hockey Academy Winnipeg U15 Prep Stats: 30 GP – 9G-26A–35 points

#7 – Vancouver Giants
Name: Cameron Schmidt Position: Forward Hometown: Prince George, BC
Team: Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna U15 Stats: 13 GP – 25W-16A–41 points

#8 – Spokane Chiefs
Name: Chase Harrington Position: Forward Hometown: Langley, BC
Team: Delta Hockey Academy U15 Prep Stats: 29 GP – 32W-18A–50 points

#9 – Prince George Cougars
Name: Lee Shurgot Position: Forward Hometown: Saskatoon, Sask.
Team: Saskatoon Generals U15 Stats: 31 GP – 57G-43A–100 points

#10 – Seattle Thunderbirds
Name: Braeden Cootes Position: Forward Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alta.
Team: Yale Hockey Academy U15 Stats: 30 GP – 29W-38A–67 points

#11 – Lethbridge Hurricanes
Name: William Sharpe Position: Defense Hometown: Delta, BC
Team: Yale Hockey Academy U15 Prep Stats: 21 GP – 19W-23A–42 points

#12 – Brandon Wheat Kings
Name: Joby Baumuller Position: Forward Hometown: Wilcox, Sask.
Team: Notre Dame Hounds U15 Prep Stats: 20 GP – 15W-11A–26 points

#13 – Kamloops Blazers
Name: Nathan Behm Position: Forward Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Team: Edge School U15 Prep Stats: 29 GP – 28G-29A–57 points

#14 – Moose Jaw Warriors
Name: Connor Schmidt Position: Defense Hometown: Sturgeon County, Alta.
Team: Okanagan Hockey Academy U15 Prep Stats: 30 GP – 12W-20A–32 points

#15 – Prince Albert Raiders
Name: Luke Moroz Position: Forward Hometown: Regina, Sask.
Team: Prairie Storm U15 Stats: 27 GP – 47G-61A–108 points

#16 – Medicine Hat Tigers
Name: Hayden Harsanyi Position: Forward Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Team: Northern Alberta Xtreme U15 Prep Stats: 25 GP – 31W-36A–67 points

#17 – Red Deer Rebels
Name: Luke Vlooswyk Position: Defense Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Team: Calgary Bisons U15 Stats: 33 GP – 8G-17A–25 points

#18 – Portland Winterhawks
Name: Graham Jones Position: Forward Hometown: Winnipeg, Man.
Team: Rink Hockey Academy U15 Prep Stats: 30 GP – 33W-48A–81 points

#19 – Vancouver Giants
Name: Aaron Obobaifo Position: Forward Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Team: Shattuck St. Mary’s Sabers 14U Stats: 52 GP – 44G-47A–91 points

#20 – Everett Silvertips
Name: Julien Maze Position: Forward Hometown: Edmonton, Alta.
Team: OHA Edmonton U15 Prep Stats: 24 GP – 22W-24A–46 points

#21 – Saskatoon Blades
Name: Isaac Poll Position: Forward Hometown: White City, Sask.
Team: Prairie Storm U15 Stats: 26 GP – 10G-28A–38 points

#22 – Vancouver Giants
Name: Jakob Oreskovic Position: Forward Hometown: Langley, BC
Team: Delta Hockey Academy U15 Prep Stats: 28 GP – 19W-27A–46 points

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the US Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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