Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Draft Camp Profiles: Walford, Peckford & Pachal

Tuesday the Victoria Royals Bantam Draft Class of 2014 took to the ice at the SOFMC.  Draft Camp players are limited to 5 games this season, however It was the first chance for fans to get a look at all 9 picks, including first round selection, defenseman Scott Walford.

Rookie Camp opens Wednesday (20th) with on-ice sessions at the SOFMC Thursday through Saturday.

Main Camp begins Monday and will conclude with the Royals’ 2014 Intra-Squad Game on Wednesday, August 27th set for 7:05 p.m. at the SOFMC, entry by donation.

Full Schedule below.

Last years leading scorer Brandon Magee has decided to return and play out his final season of junior with the Royals instead of going overseas.  He faces a 12 game suspension handed out at the final game of the 2014 playoffs against Portland.

Hear from Head Coach Dave Lowry, talking about 1st round selection Scott Walford, the return of Brandon Magee, Steven Hodges being traded to Tri City and returning as the WHL Coach of the Year here:


2014 Bantam Draft Class
 1#18Victoria Royals Scott Walford (D)
 2#31Victoria Royals Ryan Peckford (C)
 2#40Victoria Royals Brayden Pachal (D)
 3#57Victoria Royals Baron Thompson (RW)
 6#112Victoria Royals Dylan Myskiw (G)
 7#140Victoria Royals Ben Berard (LW)
 7#150Victoria Royals Damian Gorecki (D)
 8#161Victoria Royals Dawson Frank (RW)
 8#172Victoria Royals Keegan Randell (D)


Scott Walford
1st Round - 18th overall, D SCOTT WALFORD 
6’0 185 lb 14yrs OHA, from Coquitlam 59 (12G 39A) 51pts, 38 pims

“A nice addition to our skill group.  An offensive defenseman who likes to get the puck of the ice to support the rush.  Will do a great job of allowing our transition game to pick up.  Good size player that likes to crash and bang in the corners.” – Grant Armstrong, Director of Player Personnel

The Royals then acquired a 2014 2nd round pick (31st overall) from the Red Deer Rebels for ’94 born defenceman Brett Cote.

Ryan Peckford
2nd Round – 31st overall, C RYAN PECKFORD
5-11, 174lb center who skated with the Parkland Athletic Club Saints. 
Scored 60 points (28g-32a) in 33 games.

“Highly skilled centerman, really good in the faceoffs, works real hard at getting pucks to the net.  He’s a little bit slippery for a guy with his size, good ability to fend off checks, supports the puck well…he’s got great hands, and as Ryan grows and gets stronger he’s going to be an offensive force.”

Brayden Pachal
2nd Round – 40th overall, D BRAYDEN PACHAL (pah-hall)
5-11, 160lb defenceman who scored 27 points (14g-13a) in 31 games with the Estevan Bruins.

“He’s got a lineage.  His grandfather was a real good hockey player, and his Dad’s played the game.  Another offensively gifted defenseman, real mobile, he’s got good size.  He takes a lot of focus on defending as well.  Good all round defenseman, plays both ends of the rink well.  With his skating ability he’ll be a tremendous addition…”


Rookie Camp

Thursday, August 21st
9:00-10:00 a.m. – Goaltender Session
10:15-3:00 p.m. – Team Practices
3:30-5:00 p.m. – Senators vs. Cougars
5:15-6:45 p.m. – Aristocrats vs. Maple Leafs

Friday, August 22nd
9:00-10:00 a.m. – Goaltender Session
10:15-11:45 a.m. – Senators vs. Maple Leafs
12:00-1:30 p.m. – Aristocrats vs. Cougars
3:00-4:30 p.m. – Aristocrats vs. Senators
4:45-6:15 p.m. – Maple Leafs vs. Cougars

Saturday, August 23rd
8:45-10:15 a.m. – Cougars vs. Senators
10:30-12:00 p.m. – Maple Leafs vs. Aristocrats

12:00-2:00 p.m. – Victoria Royals Garage Sale presented by Kirby’s Source for Sports

3:00-4:30 p.m. – Maple Leafs vs. Senators
4:45-6:15 p.m. – Cougars vs. Aristocrats

Main Camp

Monday, August 25th
12:30-1:30 p.m. – Goaltender Session
2:00-3:30 p.m. – Senators vs. Maple Leafs
3:45-5:15 p.m. – Maple Leafs vs. Aristocrats
5:30-7:00 p.m. – Aristocrats vs. Senators

Tuesday, August 26th
9:30-11:00 a.m. – Practice
12:30-1:30 p.m. – Goaltender Session
2:00-3:30 p.m. – Maple Leafs vs. Senators
3:45-5:15 p.m. – Senators vs. Aristocrats
5:30-7:00 p.m. – Aristocrats vs. Maple Leafs

Wednesday, August 27th
10:00-10:45 a.m. – Team Blue Pre-Game Skate
11:00-11:45 a.m. – Team White Pre-Game Skate
7:05 p.m. – 2014 Victoria Royals Intra-Squad Game