One more special night for 2016 B.C. champion Delta Islanders

Seven members from that Midget A1 side selected in Thursday's WLA Draft including Haiden Dickson & Mark Yingling 1st and 2nd overall respectively

By Mark Booth 

It was one more special night for the 2016 Midget A1 provincial champion Delta Islanders.

Led by a talented group of 2000-born players, the Islanders made history that summer by becoming the first Delta Minor Lacrosse team to win a B.C. title at the A1 level. Their run through junior over the next five years didn’t come close to the same level of glory, including the final two seasons impacted greatly by COVID-19. Still, the level of talent wasn’t lost when it came time for Thursday’s Western Lacrosse Association draft for graduating junior players.

High-scoring right-hander Haiden Dickson led off the proceedings selected first overall by the New Westminster Salmonbellies as part of the draft’s compensatory/protected player round. The selection was hardly a surprise given the Seaquam Secondary graduate is already in his second season with the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks where he has posted 12 points, including six goals, in five games so far this season.

Taken right behind Dickson was longtime Delta teammate and Junior “A” Islanders 2021 captain Mark Yingling by the Nanaimo Timbermen.

The South Delta native and Vancouver College grad was soon flipped to the Burnaby Lakers as the teams exchanged 2022 first round picks and an additional second round selection was also went to the Timbermen. Yingling is currently playing in the Arena Lacrosse League.

Three more players of the 2016 squad went in the fourth round as Jon Greig, Jake Cantlon and Arjan Singh are members of the Victoria Shamrocks, Lakers and Timbermen respectively.

The fifth round saw Jared Moloci go to New West and Max Stalling to Burnaby, making it seven players from the championship team selected in the draft.

Other members from the Junior “A” Islanders to go in the draft included Ty Ewen 10th overall to the Lakers, while Justyn Gurney was taken with the 13th pick by Victoria.