WLA ANNOUNCES FIRST & SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS

by Maki Jenner

WLA ANNOUNCES FIRST & SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS 

Burnaby, BC – The WLA is pleased to announce the 2022 First and Second Team All-Stars. This group includes twelve players who have excelled throughout the 2022 WLA season. After two years off because of the COVID-19 pandemic, these twelve players demonstrated  excellence with their play and were key members of their respective teams. 

The First team includes Coquitlam Adanacs goaltender, Christian Del Bianco, who finished the regular season with 794 saves and a .842 save percentage. 

On defense, Adam Wiedemann of the Nanaimo Timbermen and Drew Belgrave of the New Westminster Salmonbellies lead the way. Wiedemann brought speed and skill from the back end, finishing the season with 16 points, leading Nanaimo’s transition game. Belgrave brought an abundance of poise, experience, and athleticism to the Salmonbellies defense, tallying 11 points in 15 games. 

On Offense, Dylan Watson of the Coquitlam Adanacs, Jesse King from the Victoria Shamrocks, and Haiden Dickson from the New Westminster Salmonbellies round out the First Team. Watson finished the regular season with 47 points, averaging 3.9PPG throughout the season. King has been the WLA points leader throughout the season and will look to get past the 100- point mark in the post-season. King finished with 99 points. Finally, rookie Haiden Dickson finished the season leading the league in goals, with 40. The rookie had a stellar first season and was always a threat on the right side for the Salmonbellies. 

The goaltender selected for the Second All-Star Team is Zach Higgins, from the New Westminster Salmonbellies. Higgins finished the season with a .825% save percentage, and 658 saves. 

Dallas Wade from the Victoria Shamrocks, and Brett Draper from the Coquitlam Adanacs were selected as defenders, while Jon Phillips and Zach Manns from the Nanaimo Timbermen, and Marshal King from the Victoria Shamrocks were selected on offense. Phillips led the Timbermen in points throughout the season, finishing the regular season with 65. Manns, just behind Phillips finished his regular season with 44 points, averaging 3.7PPG. Finally, Marshal King finished the season third overall in points (75), goals (33), and assists (42), helping the Shamrocks to their post-season run.