WLA - First-Ever Draft Lottery Ahead Of Its 2022 Junior Draft

by Gareth Gilson

Burnaby, BC: Jan. 18, 2022 – The Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) will hold its 2022 Graduating Junior Player Draft virtually on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.

And for the first time in league history — because of the pandemic-caused cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 seasons — the order of the draft will be determined by a lottery, which will be webcast at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, two weeks before the draft. (In all past drafts, the draft order was determined by teams’ placements in the previous year’s regular season standings.)

Both events will be produced by the team at the Langley Events Centre and will be webcast for free at WLALacrosse.com; results will also be presented on official WLA social media channels. Check your team’s social media or use the hashtag #WLADraft to participate in the conversation. A representative from each team will join WLA Commissioner Paul Dal Monte and WLA broadcasters to host both events in preparation for the next season.

The WLA and its seven member teams are working towards the 2022 season and will be releasing its regular season schedule on Thursday, Feb. 3.

The Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) is an amateur league of men’s Senior A box lacrosse sanctioned by the Canadian Lacrosse Association. The WLA consists of seven teams — Burnaby Lakers, Coquitlam Adanacs, Langley Thunder, Maple Ridge Burrards, Nanaimo Timbermen, New Westminster Salmonbellies and Victoria Shamrocks — playing an 18-game schedule from late May to the end of July. Each year, the teams battle for the the league title and the right to compete against the Major Series Lacrosse (Ontario) champions for the Mann Cup. The national championship is hosted alternately by Ontario (MSL) and British Columbia (WLA) but wasn’t held in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Paul Dal Monte, WLA Commissioner