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Rockets Select Teammates in US Priority Draft

May 18, 2022 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Kelowna Rockets News Release


The Kelowna Rockets selected a pair of teammates from the Dallas Stars Elite 14U in the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft on Wednesday, drafting defencemen Jackson Gillespie and Ryder McLeod.

The 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft consisted of two rounds and 44 selections, with each WHL Club presented with the opportunity to make two draft choices. The order of selection was determined on April 21, 2022 through the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft Lottery. All 22 WHL Clubs had equal opportunity to obtain the first-overall selection.

Round 1, pick 17:

PLAYER: JACKSON GILLESPIE

POSITION: D

HEIGHT: 5'11

WEIGHT: 175

BIRTHDATE: 2007

Round 2, pick 28:

PLAYER: RYDER MCLEOD

POSITION: D

HEIGHT: 5'10

WEIGHT: 150

BIRTHDATE: 2007

Players eligible for the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft are 2007-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 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft will remain eligible to be selected in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft on Thursday, May 19, or listed by a WHL Club at any time thereafter.

2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Thursday, May 19

WATCH LIVE - Pre-Show at 9:30 a.m. MT / WHL Prospects Draft at 10 a.m. MT

The first round of the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft, including a 30-minute pre-show, will be livestreamed FREE via WHL Live on CHL TV. All that is required is to register and login using a free account with CHL TV, no subscription or purchase necessary. The 2022 WHL Prospects Draft Pre-Show begins with co-hosts Chris Wahl and Taylor Rocca at 9:30 a.m. MT, with live draft coverage beginning at 10 a.m. MT.

The Medicine Hat Tigers hold the first-overall selection in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft, as determined by the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft Lottery on April 21, 2022.


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