Cody Teichroeb (left) gets into a scrap during a pre-season game. Teichroeb attended training camp with the National Lacrosse League's Vancouver Stealth. Teichroeb was drafted by the Langley Thunder in the Western Lacrosse Association draft on Feb. 16.

Thunder stock up at WLA junior draft

Langley brings back local talent Reece Callies, Johnny Pearson as part of 13-player draft haul

The Langley Thunder are hoping for an infusion of youth and athleticism can help the team return to their glory days sooner rather than later.

The senior A lacrosse team took the first step towards that plan on Thursday night, selecting 13 players in the Western Lacrosse Association junior draft. That included holding four of the top six selections after trading away some veteran players in exchange for stockpiling picks both this year and next (they already have three first round picks and a pair of second rounders for the 2018 draft).

“We got exactly what we wanted. We got the guys that we wanted because we knew they would be there,” said Thunder general manager Rob Buchan. “We had certain roles we had to fill.”

Buchan said the draft played out like his team’s scouting staff expected, figuring they had the first 10 or 12 picks slotted correctly.

Langley chose Tyler Pace first overall.

Pace, a six-foot, right-handed forward, played for the Coquitlam Junior Adanacs and helped them win the Minto Cup in 2016.

“Tyler Pace is a born leader, and we are excited to have him as part of our team,” said Darcy Rhodes, the head coach of the senior A Thunder squad.

A dynamic scorer, Pace had 21 goals and 41 points in eight games in the BC Junior A Lacrosse League in 2016 and then added 14 goals and 25 points in the playoffs.

The Nanaimo Timbermen had the next two picks and they chose Aldergrove’s Chase Fraser third overall.

With the next three picks, Langley chose Reece Callies (Delta Islanders), Jordan Magnuson (Coquitlam) and Johnny Pearson (New Westminster).

Both Callies and Pearson are from Langley and played intermediate with the Thunder program before they were traded away.

“I wanted to bring a lot of those Langley kids home,” Buchan said.

Callies is a six-foot-seven right-handed runner and Pearson is a six-foot-four left-handed forward.

Magnuson is a six-foot-one right-handed defender.

“We did exactly what we wanted to do and that was turn the team around, add depth and bring in winners,” Buchan said.

“When it comes to chemistry and character, I think we won the 2017 draft.”

Langley used their three second round picks on Keegan Rittinger (Coquitlam), Cody Teichroeb and Aiden Milburn.

The team’s other picks were Tanner Rennich (third round), Brodie Porter (fourth), Conner Stroup (fifth), Tyler McLeod (sixth), Dereck Downs (seventh) and Dylan Lacroix (eight).

Teichroeb and Lacroix both played their junior A with the Langley Thunder.

Buchan said he could see eight to 10, maybe even 11, of those players making the senior A squad when they begin the WLA season in May.

“We have a lot of work to do in terms of rebuilding this roster,” he said.

“Very exciting. We needed it. We made those moves with the draft because we knew it was a deep draft and we figured we could do it quickly.”

“We will obviously be very young but at the same time, very athletic and I think we will be able to compete. Our goal is to get into the playoffs and get the young guys some valuable experience and see what happens.”

•••

The Thunder season begins on the road on May 19 in Victoria against the Shamrocks.

The team’s home opener at the Langley Events Centre is set for May 31 against the Maple Ridge Burrards.

 

Just Posted

Otter Co-op Liquor Store begins construction in Aldergrove

New three-storey building will be a destination retail and wine tasting facility

VIDEO: Government approves funding of $750,000 drug for B.C. woman

Approval comes one day after province announces funding for Soliris on a case-by-case basis

Titans shooting for provincial soccer gold

Langley Fundamental squad reaches B.C. high school AA boys final

Chilliwack trustee slated to speak at Culture Guard rally

Barry Neufeld listed as honoured guest by group that rallies against LGBTQ discussions in schools

Stalled Langley condo project owes $62 million, receiver says

Builders of Murrayville House sold several units more than once: report

Angel trucks everywhere in Langley

The Jackmans donated a brand new truck to Kimz Angels, making that four in the fleet

Vigil held for woman whose remains were found on Shuswap farm

Family and friends remember Vernon resident Traci Genereaux and along with five other missing women

Brewers create anti-fascist ale

Not For Nazis Nut Brown Ale made in the Shuswap will be ready in time for Christmas

LETTER: Jumbo Valley is part of Ktunaxa territorial claim

Ktunaxa Nation Council responds to Tom Fletcher column

Union contests layoffs at Maple Ridge motel

Demonstration planned for today at former Quality Inn

Pitt Meadows councillor convicted of sex assault resigns from job

David Murray will retire from work with city of Port Coquitlam

3,800-plant grow-op busted on First Nation reserve

Three men face charges after RCMP bust a large drug operation on the Soowahlie Reserve near Chilliwack

B.C. boy’s social media bid to get levidrome in the Oxford dictionary goes viral

‘It’s been five weeks and has totally blown up today.’

Huge grain, potash terminals proposed for Fraser Surrey Docks

Surrey’s mayor is embracing the projects, but Delta’s mayor has concerns about emergency crew access

Most Read