Jr. Thunder nabs Chilliwack talent

The Langley Jr. Thunder have selected Connor McNeill in the first round, fourth overall, of the 2014 B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League Entry draft, held Saturday (Jan. 25) in Port Coquitlam.

McNeill lives in Chilliwack, where he played his minor lacrosse.

He is considered one of the best left-handed shot players to come out of the Chilliwack Minor Lacrosse system in some time, says Jr. Thunder general manager Brock Rose, who added that “Connor has great stick skills, good speed, and is expected to be an excellent playmaker on the right side on offense for years to come.”

McNeill, who turns 17 this year, is expected to play for the Jr. Thunder’s intermediate A affiliate starting in the spring.

The Jr. Thunder also selected three other players in the draft.

In the fourth round, Zack Vandeleur was selected. A right-handed shot, Vandeleur lives in Surrey and played his minor lacrosse in Langley.

His dad has served as Referee in Chief for the Langley Minor Lacrosse Association.

In the fifth round, the Jr. Thunder picked up Vancouver’s Wesley Lo, who the team describes as a right-handed offensive player.

The Jr. Thunder’s final selection was in the sixth round where they selected Bryden Heisler, a teammate of McNeill’s who is a right-handed player, also from Chilliwack.

The Langley Thunder begin workouts this week at the Langley Events Centre.

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