May 16, 2019 5:26 pm
Updated: May 17, 2019 7:45 am

Niall Crocker signs WHL standard players agreement with Prince Albert Raiders

The Prince Albert Raiders announced the signing of forward Niall Crocker to a WHL standard players agreement on Thursday.

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The Prince Albert Raiders have inked a first-round draft pick.

Forward Niall Crocker, 14, was selected 22nd overall to the Raiders at the 2019 Western Hockey League (WHL) bantam draft in May.

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He was signed to a WHL standard players agreement on Thursday.

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“I was very excited. Prince Albert was one of the teams that I was really wanting to go to. Heard all the fans love it there. [I’m] just really excited,” Crocker said in a press release.

“I can’t wait to be playing my first game in Prince Albert … I can’t wait to be part of the organization.”

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This past season, the Delta, B.C., native recorded 18 goals and 45 points in 30 games with Delta Hockey Academy Bantam Prep.

“He has a great combination of skill, IQ, and grit,” Raiders director of player personnel Curt Brownlee explained in a statement made at the draft.

“The other part we like about him is his character and his ability to lead.”

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