Okanagan Hockey Academy defenceman Scott Walford has signed with the Victoria Royals, the club announced Thursday.
Walford inked a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement with the team that drafted him the first round, 18th overall, at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
“To have a quality person and player such as Scott sign with us is a positive step for our franchise,” stated Royals General Manager Cameron Hope on the team website. “Scott is an intelligent and talented defenceman who understands the game. We are excited to have him as a part of our future plans.”
Walford, 14, netted 51 points (12-39-51) with the OHA Bantam Prep team last season, his second season with the team.
“Scott is an incredible young man who possesses a very high end skill set,” said OHA Bantam Prep coach, Mike Needham. “He is a born leader who will one day be a captain for the Victoria Royals.”
The Coquitlam, BC product will suit up for OHA Prep White this coming Canadian Sport School Hockey League season.
Being a part of the Okanagan Hockey Academy has been an extremely rewarding and unforgettable experience. It has enabled me to gain confidence and acquire life long skills expanding beyond the game of hockey. The balance between academics and athletics is superb, allowing you to achieve your ultimate success. The academy assisted me in achieving my dream of playing hockey at the NCAA level while studying Pre-Medicine. Without this caring support group, none of this would have been possible and I am forever grateful.