Victoria Royals

Cole Reschny Named Kal Tire WHL Rookie of the Week

January 2, 2024 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
Victoria Royals News Release

Victoria, BC - The Western Hockey League announced today that Cole Reschny of the Victoria Royals has been named Kal Tire WHL Rookie of the Week for the week ending December 31, 2023.

The 16-year-old led all rookies with two goals and three assists in three games as Victoria went 2-1-0-0 for the week.

Reschny kicked off post-holiday hockey with a goal and assist against the B.C. Division rival Vancouver Giants. The Macklin, Sask. product deked past a Giants defender on the powerplay and fired his 13th goal of the season far side to open the scoring. Victoria would go on to a four-two victory with Reschny earning first star.

Reschny struck another goal and two assists against the Edmonton Oil Kings on December 30. With Edmonton leading 1-0, Reschny nearly leveled the game but rung one off the crossbar. He'd eventually earn a secondary assist by setting up Justin Kipke in a scramble play in the Edmonton zone. The Oil Kings would seize a 3-2 lead midway through the third period and 50 seconds later, Reschny found the equalizer flying down the left wing and ripping one glove side. In overtime, Reschny dished for Justin Kipke on a give-and-go play that saw the defender bury the game-winner on the backhand.

Reschny is currently third in scoring among rookies with 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points in 33 games.

Reschny was selected by Victoria in the first round, third overall in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft and is eligible for the 2025 NHL Entry Draft. He represented Canada for the first time with Team Canada Red at the 2023 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, where he potted three goals and five assists in seven contests en route to a fifth-place finish.

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