Royals sign forward Wyatt Danyleyko to WHL Scholarship and Development Agreement
Danyleyko was drafted 123rd overall in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft
The Victoria Royals announced the signing of 2007-born forward Wyatt Danyleyko to a WHL Scholarship and Development Agreement on Tuesday March 21st. The 15-year-old is an Island product, hailing from Sooke, BC.
Danyleyko was drafted by his hometown club with the 123rd overall pick in the sixth round of the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft last spring.
Having grown up on the Island, Danyleyko’s excitement to play for his hometown team was evident after his signing.
“I’ve always wanted to play for my hometown team,” said Danyleyko. “I grew up watching the Royals with my family and my friends, even with my Grandpa, so it feels pretty surreal to sign with them.”
Danyleyko enjoyed a successful 2022-23 season with Okanagan Hockey Academy, posting 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) in 16 games for their U17 team and 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) in 16 games with their U18 squad.
“We’re thrilled to be able to officially bring Wyatt and his family into the fold,” said Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel & Player Development J.F. Best. “He is a great person with high character who has worked very hard to earn this type of well-deserved recognition. As a player, he’s a dynamic skater who competes hard every shift and is already demonstrating the ability to process the game at a high level, both offensively and defensively. He has the potential to become a true 200-foot match type of forward with scoring touch in the WHL.”
When asked about his style of play, Danyleyko mentioned he models his game after Montreal Canadiens’ forward Cole Caufield.
“I feel I’m a strong 200-foot player, someone who likes to play defensively and offensively at both ends of the ice. I tend to model my game after Cole Caufield, as he’s someone who fits my style of play and how I want to play.”
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The Victoria Royals are a Canadian major junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League (WHL) owned and operated by GSL Group. The Royals play all their home games at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre and have entered their 12th season of their existence.
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Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (SOFMC) is designed, constructed, developed and operated by GSL Group. SOFMC is Victoria’s premier entertainment facility and the largest arena in British Columbia outside Vancouver. The state-of-the-art 7,000 seat facility is home to the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League and regularly hosts large-scale concerts and other special events such as figure skating, curling, plays, trade shows and conferences. SOFMC also features a fine dining Lion’s Den Restaurant, as well as retail and meeting space.