Royals Select Forward Cole Reschny with Third Overall Pick in 2022 WHL Prospects Draft
Victoria, B.C. - Forward Cole Reschny became the highest pick in Victoria Royals history on Thursday when he was selected by the club with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft.
The 15-year-old is coming off an outstanding year for the Northern Alberta Xtreme (NAX) U15 Prep team, being named the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) U15 Prep division's Most Valuable Player after finishing the regular season with a league-leading 40 goals while adding 52 assists to finish second in the league with 92 total points.
He would go on to add 11 more points on five goals and six assists during his team's 2022 playoff run, and later registered 16 more points playing a level up for the NAX U16 Prep squad, assisting them in claiming the 2022 CSSHL U16 championship.
"This is a great opportunity for the Victoria Royals to be able to select a player like Cole. We would like to thank the Reschny family for trusting our staff and organization to develop Cole as a hockey player and continue to help him grow as a person," said Royals Director of Player Personnel, Ed Fowler. "Cole is a special player, one of the most complete players in the draft. He is a dynamic offensive player and solid in the defensive zone. He plays fast, his compete level is off the charts and his vision and sense is exceptional. Cole's energy and drive is infectious."
Other players who have received the CSSHL MVP award include current WHL standout Connor Bedard of the Regina Pats, and Matthew Savoie of the Winnipeg ICE, who is projected to be a top-three pick at the NHL draft in Montreal this July.
Reschny - a left-hand shot who stands at 5'9", 160lbs - is the highest Royals draft pick since the team selected Tyler Soy eighth overall back in the spring of 2012, and joins a tradition of hard-working, two-way offensive forwards who have brought similar styles of play to Victoria, including Soy, Matthew Phillips, Noah Gregor and Tanner Kaspick.
"As a person Cole is of high character, honest, hardworking and humble," added Fowler. "We are excited to welcome him to the Royals organization. We would like to thank the Reschny family for trusting our program and staff to develop Cole as a hockey player and continue to help him grow as a person."
Reschny will join his new teammates in Victoria later this summer at training camp, alongside several other Royals prospects selected in this year's draft.
• Discuss this story on the Western Hockey League message board...
Western Hockey League Stories from May 19, 2022
- Americans Select Smith Second Overall, Add 11 Prospects in 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Tri-City Americans
- Blades Select 12 New Prospects in 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Saskatoon Blades
- Royals Select 10 in Thursday's WHL Prospect Draft - Victoria Royals
- Winterhawks Select 11 Skaters in 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Portland Winterhawks
- Preview - Game 1 WHL Eastern Conference Championship Series - Winnipeg Ice
- Cougars Select 10 Players in 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Prince George Cougars
- Rockets Make 12 Selections in 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Kelowna Rockets
- Western Hockey League Completes 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - WHL
- Blazers Select 12 Players in 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Kamloops Blazers
- Harrington Headlines Chiefs' 2007 Class - Spokane Chiefs
- ICE Select 12 Players in 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Winnipeg Ice
- Hurricanes Select 13 Players in 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Lethbridge Hurricanes
- Pats Select Dynamic Forward Temple, Seven Others in 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Regina Pats
- Oil Kings Add 11 Prospects at 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Edmonton Oil Kings
- Hitmen Make Ten Selections in 2022 Prospects Draft - Calgary Hitmen
- Vancouver Giants Select 2007-Born Defender CHLoe Primerano in Round 13 of the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Vancouver Giants
- Warriors Select Connor Schmidt in First Round - Moose Jaw Warriors
- Silvertips Select Julien Maze in First Round of Prospects Draft - Everett Silvertips
- Western Hockey League Completes First Round of 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - WHL
- Giants Select Forward Jakob Oreskovic with 22nd Overall Pick - Vancouver Giants
- Raiders Draft Luke Moroz in First Round of 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Prince Albert Raiders
- Giants Trade up and Select Forward Aaron Obobaifo 19th Overall - Vancouver Giants
- Chiefs Select Forward Harrington with First Round Pick in 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Spokane Chiefs
- Hitmen Select Reese Hamilton 4th Overall in 2022 Prospects Draft - Calgary Hitmen
- Giants Select Cameron Schmidt Seventh Overall in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Vancouver Giants
- Royals Select Forward Cole Reschny with Third Overall Pick in 2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Victoria Royals
- Pats Acquire Goaltender Koen MacInnes from Everett - Regina Pats
- Warriors Make Draft Day Swap with Red Deer - Moose Jaw Warriors
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Victoria Royals Stories
- Royals Announce 2022-2023 Home Schedule
- Royals Medical Director Dr. Michael Conrad and Director of Athletic Performance JT Ward Named to Medical Staff for Hockey Canada U17 Development Camp
- Victoria Royals Release Preseason Schedule
- Royals Defenceman Gannon Laroque Receives Invite to Team Canada World Junior Selection Camp
- Royals Acquire Teague Patton from Medicine Hat