It was a memorable day for three Moose Jaw and area hockey products, as they heard their names called in Thursday’s WHL Prospects Draft.
Ryan Gibbs and Carson Deichert of Moose Jaw and Chase Petersen of Mossbank were drafted to a WHL club.
Deichert was selected in the third round, 60th overall by his hometown team the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The 5’8” forward played last year with the U15 AA Warriors and put up some big numbers. He put up a whopping 21 goals and 58 points in 28 regular season games last year, and then another four points in three playoff outings.
In 59 games with the U15 AA Warriors, he notched 80 points and 24 penalty minutes.
His teammate and the captain of the U15 AA Warriors Ryan Gibbs is the newest member of the US Division’s Tri-City Americans. Gibbs was taken in the 10th round, 211th overall to the team based out of Kennewick, Washington.
Last season, with the Warriors Gibbs led the team in scoring with a career-high 37 goals, and 26 assists for 63 points, which was good enough for 11th best in the Saskatchewan AA Hockey League (SAAHL).
Gibbs played two seasons with the Warriors, he put up 80 points in 54 games and had 54 penalty minutes.
Last but not least, Mossbank’s Chase Petersen was the first of the three players to go in Thursday’s WHL Prospects Draft.
Petersen was the first pick of the second round going to the Lethbridge Hurricanes 23rd overall.
Playing for the Swift Current Broncos U15 AA squad last year, Petersen had 69 points in only 29 games and added another 13 points in the playoffs.
Over two seasons in Swift Current, the 6’ 0” forward had 99 points in 60 regular season games, and 17 points in the playoffs, while adding 70 penalty minutes.
All three of the players will be teammates next season with the Moose Jaw WINMAR AAA Warriors.