Ben Wright was picked in the WHL bantam draft last week. (Arden Gill/Shawnigan Lake School)

Ben Wright was picked in the WHL bantam draft last week. (Arden Gill/Shawnigan Lake School)

Mill Bay’s Ben Wright among 2020 WHL draft picks

Two players selected from Shawnigan bantam prep team

Mill Bay’s Ben Wright was one of several players with ties to the Cowichan Valley to be picked in the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft last week.

A centre on the Shawnigan Lake School bantam prep team, Wright was selected by the Edmonton Oil Kings in the 10th round, 218th overall.

Six-foot-one and 155 pounds at 14 years old, Wright scored 22 goals and added 25 assists for a team-high 47 points in 30 regular season games this past season.

“Ben is a big centreman with obvious size and skill to boot,” Oil Kings director of scouting Jamie Porter said. “He had a great second half of the season and we liked where his game was going.”

Wright’s Shawnigan teammate Dylan Compton was also picked up, going to the Prince George Cougars 102nd overall in the fifth round.

A defenceman from Victoria, the 15-year-old Compton is 5-foot-8 and 130 pounds and recorded five goals and 13 assists for 18 points in 24 games in 2019-20.

The second round of the draft saw Arjun Bawa go 36th overall to the Red Deer Rebels. Born in Richmond, Arjun is the son of Robin Bawa, who was born and raised in Duncan and played five seasons in the WHL before embarking on a long pro career that included 61 NHL games with four teams, including the Vancouver Canucks. The first NHLer of Indian descent, Robin is an inductee to the North Cowichan/Duncan Sports Wall of Fame and the BC Sports Hall of Fame as a pioneer.

A 6-foot-1, 160-pound centre, Arjun Bawa put up 41 points on 16 goals and 25 assists in 29 games with the St. George’s School bantam prep team this past season, and added 68 penalty minutes.

“He’s a real tall kid, nearly six-foot-two now,” Rebels assistant general manager and director of player personnel Shaun Sutter said. “He has some skill, sees the ice well and can skate. He’s a guy with a real high ceiling. We’re excited to get another guy with pro upside. We were pretty pumped to get another player we had ranked quite high.”


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Tim Schewe
DriveSmart: Police Powers

By Tim Schewe If you are stopped by the police, just what… Continue reading

A COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Drinkwater Elementary School dating to Feb. 25. (Google Street View image)
COVID-19 exposure reported at Drinkwater Elementary

Possible exposures occurred on Thursday, Feb. 25

A graphic design of the new RCMP detachment which will be located on a five-acre property bordering Ford Road and Drinkwater Road. (File graphic)
Heavy trucks not allowed shortcut during construction of RCMP detachment

North Cowichan won’t allow heavy trucks on Drinkwater Road where not designated

The site of Sunfest, Laketown Ranch, will be open for camping this summer. (Citizen file)
Laketown Ranch to welcome campers this summer

Sunfest site will provide camping amenities between May and September

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

Lone orca from a pod that made its way north from Georgia Strait and into Discovery Passage on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Photo by Ella Smiley/<a href="" target="_blank">Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings </a>
Island wildlife viewers thrilled by close view of passing Orca pod

Group gives wildlife photographers a classic oportunity to view them off Campbell River shoreline

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Dasher is back home with mom Christine Girvin thanks to some help from BC Ferries staff. Photo supplied
The cat came back, with help from BC Ferries staff

After Dasher made a dash, staff in Comox found her and got her home safe

Most Read