ROYALS SELECT CHAZ REDDEKOPP 13TH OVERALL IN THE 2012 WHL BANTAM DRAFT
Reddekopp becomes Victoria’s second selection in the first round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Calgary, AB – The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce the selection of defenceman Chaz Reddekopp with the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
The 6-2, 188 lb native of West Kelowna, BC spent the 2011-12 season as a member of the Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Team 1. Reddekopp tallied 59 points (18g-41a) to go along with 72 minutes in penalties over 62 contests. Reddekopp also had seven points (2g-5a) and eight minutes in penalties through nine games for the Pursuit of Excellence Midget Team 3.
“We had Chaz rated as the top defenceman in the draft,” Director of Scouting Garry Pochipinski said, “and to have him still available at 13 was both surprising and great news. He is big and possesses both mobility and an offensive upside. He plays a physical game and he has the potential to be a tremendous defenceman”
Reddekopp helped lead Pursuit of Excellence to the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament (KIBIHT) title where he amassed two points (1G-1A) along with four penalty minutes in six games. The Westside Minor Hockey product also participated in the 2012 John Reid Memorial Tournament in St. Albert, AB where he collected two points (1G-1A) in six games.
At the U-16 BC Cup last month, Reddekopp was tied for first in scoring amongst defencemen with four points (2g-2a) in the 10-team tournament.
Reddekopp, along with forward Tyler Soy, who was selected 8th overall, are the Royals’ first two picks in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
The Royals acquired the 13th overall pick on January 9th in a trade that sent Kevin Sundher to the Brandon Wheat Kings in exchange for the selection, defenceman Jordan Fransoo and forward Dakota Conroy.
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