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Six Surrey players plucked in WHL draft

Six Surrey hockey players were selected in last week's Western Hockey League bantam draft, led by Cloverdale Colts' Riley Stadel, who went in the third round to the Kelowna Rockets.

Stadel, a five-foot-10 defenceman, was captain of the Colts this past season.

"I think he's going to be a guy who plays in that league for sure," said Cloverdale's bantam A coach Brian MacGillivray.

"To be totally honest with you, I thought he should've gone even higher (in the draft) than he did. He's a great player – a good kid, good leader."

Following Stadel, Surrey Minor Hockey's Mitch Friesen Spencer Meyer were selected in the fourth round, by the Kamloops Blazers and Prince Albert Raiders, respectively. In the sixth round, Cloverdale forward Jackson Waniek was picked by the Kootenay Ice, and one round later, his teammate Royce Rossignol, a defenceman, was selected by the Moose Jaw Warriors.

One more Cloverdale Colt, blue-liner Cole Bevan, was picked by the Swift Current Bronces in the 10th round of the draft.