Dellon Melin, forward with the Camrose Red Wings, was drafted to the Victoria Royals during the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft last Thursday. Contributed photo

Drafted by the Royals ‘a dream come true’ for bantam player

Royal drafted 12 players during the WHL bantam draft

The day of the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) bantam draft, Dallon Melin admits he wasn’t paying attention in his language arts class in school.

The 15-year-old Grade 9 student was eagerly watching the draft, which took place in Calgary, Alberta, on his phone on the WHL website when he got the notification he had been waiting for.

Dallon had been drafted 32nd overall by the Victoria Royals during the second round of Thursday’s bantam draft.

“I was just in shock. I went a little bit earlier than I thought I would, so I was surprised to see my name,” Dallon said. “It’s a dream come true.”

Dallon’s passion for hockey started when he first laced up his skates and strapped on his helmet more than a decade ago. His dad had played for several years with the town’s team, the Hughenden in the Battle River Hockey League, and Dallon remembers going to watch his games with his mother and older sister in the roughly 13 years his dad played.

To this day, Dallon hopes be a strong player like his father, and has made a name for himself on the ice with the Camrose Red Wings Bantam AAA of the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League.

The six-foot-two-inch, 177-pound forward netted 23 goals, 39 assists and 52 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Red Wings this season. He also recorded three goals in two playoff games.

“Dallon is a power forward who protects the puck well and possesses a great skill set,” said Royals’ senior Alberta regional scout Ryan Guenter in a release.

Dallon wasn’t the only player to be drafted by the Victoria Royals. Overall, the team selected six forwards and six defencemen, including Kaden Reinders of the Grand Prairie Storm Bantam AAA, Ty Thorpe from Rink Hockey Academy, Alex Bolshakov of the Seattle Sno-King under 14 junior Thunderbirds, and Ty Yoder, also from the Camrose Red Wings.

kendra.wong@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Delayed grant decisions could send new Crystal Pool costs soaring

Delays could cost the City of Victoria up to $500,000/month more in construction costs

Campfire ban coming into effect across West Coast

The Coastal Fire Centre says bans will begin on Wednesday

UPDATE: Woman hit by car in parking lot 93 years old

Driver of sedan backs into older adult walking through lot

Stolen West Shore vehicle found in ocean off Oak Bay

SUV was submerged 90 feet from shore at Cattle Point

Delivery truck downs power lines in Sidney

A tractor trailer delivering eggs clipped a low-hanging wire on Second St.… Continue reading

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Hub for mental health and addictions treatment opens at B.C. hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital HUB is an acute medical unit that includes 10 patient beds

Saanich Police investigate store robbery

Store video captures image of suspect

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say

Non-union firms can bid on infrastructure, but employees have to join international unions

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet ahead of Liberals’ team for 2019

Trudeau could lighten the work loads of cabinet ministers who currently oversee more than one portfolio

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 17

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Car calls 911 on possible impaired B.C. driver

A luxury car automatically calls Princeton police to scene of crash involving alcohol

Most Read