UPDATE: 3:45 p.m.
Lorne Frey’s tenure as director of player personnel for the Kelowna Rockets ended at the end of the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft on Wednesday.
Supervising his final project with the club, Frey designed the selection of 11 prospects, including six forwards, four defenders and a goalkeeper.
At the top of the repechage, the Rockets clinched diminutive forward Andrew Cristall with eight caps in total.
Cristall, ranked 5’7 ’, 130 pounds, had 80 points in just 27 games while playing bantam preparation last season at St. George’s School.
The Rockets followed suit, grabbing attacking defender Caden Price in the second round. Price, a Saskatoon native, scored 31 times in 31 blueline games with the AA bantam Saskatoon Generals.
The award also added 24 assists.
Using Regina’s pick in the third round of a previous deal, the Rockets captured Edmonton’s product Marcus Pacheco.
The 5’9 ’center had 39 points in 30 games in preparation for Bantam in Edmonton last season.
Thanks to previous agreements, the Rockets did not have their third, fourth or fifth round selections.
Other Kelowna selections on Wednesday include:
- Logan Dochuk – defender in the sixth round
- Jackson Romeril – sixth round defender
- Alex Scheiwiller – seventh round goalkeeper
- Grady Lenton – center on eighth round
- Ethan Neutens – ninth round forward
- Ty Mason – center in ninth round
- Will Munro – striker on round 11
- Wyatt Homeniuk – 12th round defender
ORIGINAL HISTORY: 9.50 a.m.
The Kelowna Rockets plunged into a familiar program with their first round selection in Wednesday’s Western Hockey League bantam draft.
The Rockets, eighth, caught Andrew Cristall, who played bantam preparation last season at St. George School.
It’s the same program that produced the 2018 first round Trevor Wong.
The Vancouver native scored 43 goals and 37 assists in just 27 games. He added four more goals and three assists in two playoff games before the season was interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cristall, like Wong, is smaller, with a weight of 5’7 “, 130 pounds.
He is described as having an exceptional skill set, with high end puck skills, vision and awareness.
Cristall is the final first round pick for player personnel director Lorne Frey, who announced earlier this week that he will step down from the role.
The Rockets have up to 12 more choices available to them during the repechage.
They have their choice in the second round (30th) and Regina’s selection in the third (49th).
However, thanks to previous agreements, the Rockets traded their own third, fourth and fifth round picks. They will join the festivities with a pair of choices in each of the sixth and seventh rounds.