The early returns on the Swift Current Broncos 2019 draft class seem promising after six prospects were named to their three respective provincial teams for the upcoming WHL Cup, which will be held from October 23-27 in Calgary.
Team BC will feature both of the Broncos first-round selections. 13th overall pick Mathew Ward and 21st overall pick Tyson Jugnauth will both suit up for Team BC.
Ward currently plays for West Van Academy in the CSSHL Midget Prep Division. He is fourth in league scoring with 14 points in seven games. Jugnauth is playing for the Okanagan Rockets of the BC Major Midget League.
For Team Alberta, third-round pick Josh Davies will be on the roster. Davies burst onto the scene in Swift Current with an impressive pre-season, scoring five goals in four games, including a hat trick in his first pre-season game against Moose Jaw. Davies is playing with Pacific Coast Academy in the CSSHL Midget Prep Division this season.
Team Manitoba features a trio of Broncos prospects. Goaltender Reid Dyck, forward Karson King and defenceman Sam Court will all play for their province in the WHL Cup.
Dyck, a third round pick, 45th overall, appeared in three pre-season games, posting a 2-0 record.
Court was drafted with the following pick after posting 38 points in 33 games for the Winnipeg Monarchs Bantam AAA team. He then added 10 points in 11 playoff games, helping the Monarchs win the league title while being named the WBAAA’s defenceman of the year.
King was drafted 111th overall after scoring 41 points in 35 games with the Interlake Lightning Bantam AAA team. He also served as the team’s captain. This year he has four points in three games with the Lightning Midget AAA program.
Broncos assistant coach Brandin Cote will serve as the head coach for Team Alberta at the WHL Cup.