New Langley Thunder goaltender Frank Scigliano played for England at the World Lacrosse Indoor World Championship this past September at Langley Events Centre. (Paul Yates Langley Events Centre photo)

New Langley Thunder goalie is best in league

Draft day also saw the Thunder pick up a Surrey player

The Langley Thunder continued to stockpile talent ahead of the 2020 Western Lacrosse Association season, by snatching up the league’s reigning top goalie.

The Senior A men’s lacrosse team also added an elite goal-scoring talent via the draft.

The team’s first overall pick on Thursday night at the WLA Graduating Junior Draft at Langley Events Centre was Surrey standout Tre Leclaire.

The six-foot-two, 210-pound right-handed forward (currently starring in the field game for Ohio State) has been an unstoppable force in the box game the past few summers accumulating 115 goals and 227 points in 50 BC Junior A Lacrosse League regular season games with Delta and New Westminster.

The latter move made by the Thunder was trading a pair of first-round picks as well as two second-round picks, plus the playing rights to James Rahe, Dan Lewis and Aidan Milburn, in exchange for the WLA Goalie of the Year, Frank Scigliano, of the Maple Ridge Burrards.

The five-year vet (who also represented England this past September at the 2019 World Lacrosse Indoor World Championship at Langley Events Centre) posted career-best stats this past summer with a 5.16 goals against average and an .883 save percentage in 13 games.

Leclaire was selected in the Compensatory Round of the draft as for the first year the WLA allowed teams the opportunity to protect one draft-eligible player from within their community. If they chose not to, then the team was awarded a pick prior to the start of the actual draft.

The Coquitlam Adanacs, who held the first overall pick, chose to protect Reid Bowering and since Langley was slated to select second and they did not protect anyone, they had the opportunity to nab Leclaire.

And while Langley did not protect any of their homegrown talent, they did manage to snag local product Nathan Kozevnikov, who has been picked fifth by Victoria in the Compensatory Round. The Shamrocks flipped the right-handed forward (he scored 48 goals and 61 points in 20 games over a couple of seasons in the BCJALL with Langley) for Brad McCulley, a Victoria product who played last season for the Thunder.

Once the wheeling and dealing was done, Langley still plenty of draft capital, using the bulk of their remaining picks to focus on the defence and transition game.

The team selected Harrison Smith in the first round and Quinn McKitrick, Thomas Rennie and Jordan Trottier in the second. Smith and McKitrick are right-handed defenders while Rennie and Trottier are left-handed defenders. The first three finished their Junior A careers with the Langley while Trottier was with New Westminster.

The team also had one pick apiece in the final six rounds adding Aaron Skye (RH, defence), Colin Munro (LH, offence), Matthew McIlwrick (LH, offence), Matthew Brunsch (RH, defence), Cameron Overby (goalie) and Christian Bosa (RH, offence).

Skye, Brunsch and Overby played junior last season with Langley while Bosa spent the most of his junior career with Langley before being traded to Coquitlam last year. Munro and McIlwrick also played for Coquitlam.

The Thunder did also make one other trade on Thursday sending a third-round 2020 pick to Victoria in exchange for a second-round pick next year.

LacrosseLangleyLangley Events Centre

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

Just Posted

VIDEO: House fire in Langley ties up traffic on 62 Avenue near 201A Street

Blaze in unoccupied house under investigation as ‘suspicious’

Honda driver may be key witness to Langley crash: RCMP

Police are hoping to find the driver of what appears to be a grey Honda Civic

Fort Langley Jazz and Art’s Festival moves to September

A band lineup and a complete list of festival activities will be announced in June

Outbreak puts Langley woman’s kidney transplant on hold

It’s unknown when she’ll be able to receive a new kidney

VIDEO: Police watchdog recommends charges against off-duty officer involved in Langley crash

An off-duty officer was involved in a Langley crash last year that sent a motorcyclist to hospital

B.C. clears more acute hospital beds as COVID-19 case growth slows

Province holding about 40% of beds empty for peak still to come

As 500K+ apply for emergency benefit, Trudeau says aid coming for Canadians left behind

Canada Emergency Response Benefit provides $2,000 per month

UPDATE: UK PM Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after COVID-19 symptoms worse

He has been quarantined in his Downing St. residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26

Travellers, travel agents ‘in agony’ over refund policies and customer service

Many Canadian carriers are offering customers flights rebookings or travel vouchers — but not refunds

Introverted and extroverted kids likely to react differently to COVID-19 restrictions

B.C. child psychologist says your parenting approach can’t be one-size fits all in social isolation

B.C. begins taking submissions for $2M COVID-19 research fund

Rural health, impact of shifting hospital resources among priorities

Wearing non-medical masks can stop spread of COVID-19 before symptoms start: Tam

Health officials had previously not recommended wearing them

Easter Bunny not a COVID-19 carrier, allowed to do drop offs

World Health Organization grants permission to Bunny as he cannot transfer the virus

Most Read