The Coquitlam Adanacs started the 2019 Western Lacrosse Association draft with a hometown pick in Christian Del Bianco.
Del Bianco, a 5’10” 196-pound goaltender plays for the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League. The 21-year-old was drafted by Calgary in the second round (15th overall) in the 2015 Entry Draft.
The Senior A lacrosse league held their annual draft Thursday at Langley Events Centre with the seven teams combining to select a total of 53 players.
Del Bianco was widely expected to go first overall after an excellent junior career with the Junior Adanacs.
In 2018, he went 12-2 with a 5.60 goals against average and a .856 save percentage. He capped off his final season of Junior A lacrosse by helping Coquitlam capture the Minto Cup as Canada’s National Junior A champions. He won the Jim McConaghy Memorial Award as the most valuable player at the Minto Cup and the Jim Bishop Award, which is presented for displaying a combination of sportsmanship, leadership and outstanding play. Del Bianco also won the Bishop Award in 2017 when the Adanacs were runners-up for the Minto and earned the MVP in 2016 when he helped Coquitlam capture the Minto Cup.
He also won four of the five major awards (most valuable player, top goaltender, top graduating player, and the outstanding achievement award) from the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League.
Ryland Rees, who played for the Port Coquitlam Saints and then Coquitlam following a mid-season trade, was selected second overall by the Burnaby Lakers. Rees had 14 goals and 31 points in 13 regular season games in 2018.
Picking third overall, the Langley Thunder chose Brad McCulley, from the Victoria Junior Shamrocks. McCulley scored 26 goals and 57 points in 16 games.
And McCulley was one of three straight picks from the Junior Shamrocks, as Marshal King was fourth overall to the Maple Ridge Burrards, and Braylon Lumb went fifth to the Nanaimo Timbermen.
King had 31 goals and 72 points in 11 games while Lumb led the BCJALL in scoring with 57 goals and 103 points in 21 games.
Keegan Bell, from the New Westminster Junior Salmonbellies, went sixth overall to the Victoria Shamrocks and Graydon Bradley (Port Coquitlam Saints) was the seventh pick.
Bell finished 2018 with 36 goals and 67 points in 20 games.
Bradley was the first defender selected. He had four goals and 11 points last season, splitting time between Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam.
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