Victoria defenceman picked 2nd overall in WHL Prospects Draft

Victoria defenceman picked 2nd overall in WHL Prospects Draft
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Victoria product Brock Cripps is pictured.

A Victoria junior hockey player was picked second in the first round of this year’s WHL Prospects Draft.

Fourteen-year-old defenceman Brock Cripps was chosen as the second-overall pick in the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft on Thursday by the Prince Albert Raiders in Saskatchewan.

The teen, who currently plays for the St. George’s School U15 Prep team, was raised in Victoria and was just one of two players from B.C. to be among the top 22 draft picks.

The other B.C. player, Jacob Schwartz, is from Vancouver and was chosen eighth in the draft by the Victoria Royals.

The Royals also picked up forward Ludovic Perreault from Winnipeg, Man., as the 18th overall pick.

The Western Hockey League is made up of 22 clubs, including 16 from Western Canada and six from the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

Players eligible for the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft must have been born in 2009, and be from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming.

The full 2024 WHL Prospect Draft can be found online.

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