Coach Dave Lowry of the Victoria Royals.

Coach Dave Lowry of the Victoria Royals.

Offseason WHL action spinning in Victoria: Royals take Dante Hannoun 11th overall at draft, coach Dave Lowry a proud dad

Adam Lowry, son of Victoria Royals coach Dave Lowry, is the WHL Player of the Year

The Lowry name continues to be one of hockey significance in Victoria, even on a related note.

Royals coach Dave Lowry’s son Adam Lowry has been named the 2012-13 WHL Player of the Year, awarded as the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy.

Adam, 20, captained the Swift Current Broncos and appeared in all 72 regular season games scoring a team-leading 45 goals and 43 assists for 88 points and a plus-18 rating.

Not bad for a fourth-round bantam draft pick from 2008.

Adam was in on 48 per cent of his team’s entire offensive output, a hugh accomplishment considering he helped the Broncos get its first playoff sport since 2009-10. He’s the fourth Bronco to be named WHL Player of the Year to win the Four Broncos trophy, last won by Sergei Varlamov in 1997-98. Joe Sakic won it twice, in 1986-87 and 1987-88, and Jason Krywulak won it in 1992-93.
Adam was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the third round (67th) in the 2011 NHL Draft and made his pro debut in nine games with the Jets’ farm club, the St. John’s IceCaps, in the American Hockey League this spring.

Adam’s brother Joel Lowry, 21, a former Victoria Grizzlies player, is a fifth round pick of the Los Angeles Kings and a member of the Cornell Big Red in the NCAA Div. 1.

Father Dave was a sixth round pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 1983 and played 1,084 NHL games.

Dave coached the Royals to a franchise record 35 wins and 77 points this season.

Royals pick Delta’s Dante Hannoun 11th overall at 2013 WHL Bantam Draft

The Victoria Royals used its first pick to select Dante Hannoun 11th overall in the first round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft on Thursday (May 2).

Hannoun, of Delta, spent the season as captain of the North Shore Winter Club Hawks Bantam AAA, amassing 151 points (63 goals and 88 assists) in 63 games with a +114 rating. He lead North Shore to the 2013 provincial Bantam Tier 1 championship and a silver medal at the 2013 Western Canada Bantam Championship.

“Hannoun is a dynamic talent who plays with intensity and he sees the ice as well as anyone in the game. He’s an intelligent player who can finish and makes his teammates better,” Royals general manager Cameron Hope said.

The 5-foot-6, 145 lbs. forward participated in the 2013 U16 BC Cup, scoring one goal for Team Flyers en route to the BC Cup title.

Players eligible for the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft are born in 1998 and reside in all four WHL provinces and/or the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The Royals also selected:

Matthew Phililps, a centre from Calgary, second round, 33rd overall.

Noah Gregor, a centre from Beaumont, Alta., third round, 55th overall.

Blake Jameson, a defenceman from Brandon, Manit., in the fourth round, 75th overall, (pick acquired from Kootenay Ice).Brayden Dunn, a centre from Calgary, fourth round, 77th overall.Jared Dmytriw, forward from Craven, Sask., fourth round, 83rd overall (pick acquired from Calgary Hitmen).Ethan Frank, forward from Omaha, Neb., fourth round, 84th overall (pick acquired from Kamloops Blazers).

Matt Hellickson, defenceman from Minnesota, Minn., fifth round, 99th overall.

Ty Westgard, centre, Semiahmoo, 165th overall.

The Royals also made one trade on Thusrday, acquiring the Kelowna Rockets 12th round pick in 2014 and a conditional draft pick in 2015 for the rights to Brennan Clark.

Clark, a resident of Kelowna, spent the past two seasons with the West Kelowna Warriors of the British Columbia Hockey League. He was originally selected by the Chilliwack Bruins in the seventh round, 139th Overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.