ICYMI: 9 CSSHL Student-Athletes Sign in WHL

During the month of March and the CSSHL Western and Eastern Championships, nine CSSHL student-athletes have signed Western Hockey League (WHL) Scholarship and Development Agreements with their respective clubs.

A forward from North Vancouver, BC, Kai Anderson has spent the last three seasons in the CSSHL with BWC Academy. In 28 games with BWC Academy Gold U17 Prep, Anderson tallied 29 points. Anderson has signed with the Lethbridge Hurricanes after originally being selected in the sixth round, 117th overall at the 2023 WHL Draft.

Calgary, AB defenseman David Byrne joined Edge School Gold for the 2023/24 U17 Prep season, recording 24 points in 30 games. Selected in the seventh round, 144th overall at the 2023 WHL Draft, Byrne has played three WHL games with the Tri-City Americans after signing with them earlier this month.

The Wenatchee Wild have signed Radislav Dimitrov and Grady Wedman. Dimitrov, an Edmonton, AB defenseman, had 20 points in 29 games with OHA Edmonton U18 Prep, his second season with the program. Wedman joined the Northern Alberta Xtreme (NAX) Blue U17 Prep team this season, finishing with 25 points in 31 games. The Wild selected Dimitrov in the fifth round, 110th overall, and Wedman in the eighth round, 176th overall, at the 2023 WHL Draft.

Jake Henderson joined St. George’s School in 2021/22 before playing the last two seasons with Yale Hockey Academy. In 29 U18 Prep games this season the Burnaby, BC defenseman had 14 points. The Kelowna Rockets selected Henderson in the third round, 50th overall at the 2023 WHL Draft.

The Red Deer Rebels have signed forward Noah Milford and netminder Peyton Shore. The Rebels selected Shore in the fifth round, 100th overall, and Milford 50 picks later in the seventh round of the 2023 WHL Draft. Milford joined the Calgary International Hockey Academy (CIHA) U17 Prep team this season, tallying 46 points in 29 games while assisting on the overtime winner that gave CIHA their first ever CSSHL Western Championship. Shore has spent the last two seasons with RINK Hockey Academy Winnipeg, playing for their U17 Prep team this season. The Winnipeg, MB netminder posted a 2.48GAA and .932SV% in 15 games this season.

After spending two seasons with the Yale Hockey Academy U15 Prep team, Brayden Ryan-Mackay joined South Alberta Hockey Academy’s (SAHA) U18 Prep team this season, finishing with 37 points in 30 games. The Medicine Hat Tigers selected the Calgary, AB forward in the sixth round, 119th overall at the 2023 WHL Draft.

A defenseman from Oak Bluff, MB, Daxon Yerex has played the last two seasons with RHA Winnipeg. In 30 U18 Prep games this season he recorded 16 points. Yerex made his WHL debut with the Swift Current Broncos, tallying one assist, earlier this month after being selected by them in the third round, 52nd overall at the 2023 WHL Draft.