Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs hockey staff will select the next class of future Chiefs this week as the WHL will host two drafts. The WHL U.S. Priority Draft will take place on Wednesday, May 18 before the annual WHL Prospects Draft on Thursday, May 19. Real-time results will be available at WHL.ca/draft.
U.S. Priority Draft
The 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft will consist of two rounds and 44 selections, with each WHL Club presented with the opportunity to make two draft choices. Spokane holds the 8th and 37th overall picks.
The order of selection was determined on April 21, 2022 through the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft Lottery, with all 22 WHL Clubs holding an equal opportunity to obtain the first-overall selection. Players eligible for the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft are 2007-born players who reside in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Players not selected in the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft will remain eligible to be selected in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft on Thursday, May 19, or listed by a WHL Club at any time thereafter.
The first round of the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft, including a 30-minute pre-show, will be livestreamed FREE via WHL Live on CHL TV. All that is required is to register and login using a free account with CHL TV, no subscription is necessary. The 2022 WHL Prospects Draft Pre-Show begins with co-hosts Chris Wahl and Taylor Rocca at 9:30 a.m. MT, with live draft coverage beginning at 10 a.m. MT.
The Chiefs have eight picks within the top 100 selections, including eighth-overall, as well as one choice in the second round (27th), two in the third (49th and 59th), two in the fourth (67th and 71st) and two in the fifth (93rd and 96th). The draft will continue indefinitely until all teams pass on their next pick, usually lasting approximately 12 rounds.
Players eligible for the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft are 2007-born players who reside in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Players not selected in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft will remain eligible to be listed by WHL Clubs at any time thereafter.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.