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.
My dream is to play hockey at the highest level. My three years at OHA were instrumental in helping me move forward on that path, teaching me what it takes to be a pro both on and off the ice."