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Regina Pats to Select First Overall in 2024 WHL U.S. Priority Draft

March 27, 2024 - Western Hockey League (WHL) News Release

Calgary, Alta. - The Western Hockey League announced today the Regina Pats will select first overall in the 2024 WHL U.S. Priority Draft following the completion of the 2024 WHL U.S. Priority Draft Lottery.

The 2024 WHL U.S. Priority Draft is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, 2024, and will be conducted online at The 2024 WHL U.S. Priority Draft will consist of two rounds and 44 selections, with each WHL Club presented with the opportunity to have two draft selections.

All six WHL Clubs that did not qualify for the 2024 WHL Playoffs participated in the 2024 WHL U.S. Priority Draft Lottery. The lottery proceedings determined the order of selection for the first six picks in the first round of the 2024 WHL U.S. Priority Draft, with inverse order of standing from the 2023-24 WHL Regular Season determining the order of selection for the remainder of the first round and second round.

The Kamloops Blazers, Tri-City Americans, Regina Pats, Seattle Thunderbirds, Edmonton Oil Kings, and Calgary Hitmen had the opportunity to obtain the first-overall selection in the 2024 WHL U.S. Priority Draft. The process for the 2024 WHL U.S. Priority Draft Lottery was administered by Josh Glenn of KPMG.



1. Regina Pats 23. Kamloops Blazers

2. Seattle Thunderbirds 24. Tri-City Americans

3. Calgary Hitmen 25. Regina Pats

4. Tri-City Americans 26. Seattle Thunderbirds

5. Edmonton Oil Kings 27. Edmonton Oil Kings

6. Kamloops Blazers 28. Calgary Hitmen

7. Spokane Chiefs 29. Spokane Chiefs

8. Victoria Royals 30. Victoria Royals

9. Prince Albert Raiders 31. Prince Albert Raiders

10. Vancouver Giants 32. Vancouver Giants

11. Kelowna Rockets 33. Kelowna Rockets

12. Wenatchee Wild 34. Wenatchee Wild

13. Lethbridge Hurricanes 35. Lethbridge Hurricanes

14. Brandon Wheat Kings 36. Brandon Wheat Kings

15. Red Deer Rebels 37. Red Deer Rebels

16. Medicine Hat Tigers 38. Medicine Hat Tigers

17. Swift Current Broncos 39. Swift Current Broncos

18. Moose Jaw Warriors 40. Moose Jaw Warriors

19. Everett Silvertips 41. Everett Silvertips

20. Portland Winterhawks 42. Portland Winterhawks

21. Prince George Cougars 43. Prince George Cougars

22. Saskatoon Blades 44. Saskatoon Blades

Recent players to come through the WHL U.S. Priority Draft include Brody Gillespie (Spokane Chiefs, 2023), Blake Fiddler (Edmonton Oil Kings, 2022), and Gracyn Sawchyn (Seattle Thunderbirds, 2020).

Players eligible for the 2024 WHL U.S. Priority Draft are 2009-born players who reside in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Players not selected in the 2024 WHL U.S. Priority Draft will remain eligible to be selected in the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft on Thursday, May 9, 2024, or listed by a WHL Club at any time thereafter.

For complete coverage of the 2024 WHL Playoffs and 2024 WHL Drafts, please visit

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