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Left-hander from Saskatchewan secures his future with the Vancouver Giants

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G-Men sign first-round pick Blake Chorney to WHL scholarship and development agreement

Saskatchewan forward Blake Chorney received a belated birthday present he won’t soon forget.

The 15-year-old ice hockey player has signed a contract with the Vancouver Giants, team manager Barclay Parneta confirmed on Wednesday.

“As an organization, we are very pleased to have Blake sign the Education and Development Agreement with the Vancouver Giants,” said Parneta.

“His talent, work ethic and commitment make him a great addition to our team. We believe he will be a key contributor to our success in the future.”

Chorney, who celebrated his birthday last week, was the Giants' first-round pick in the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft this month, making him the 10th overall pick.

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The 6-foot-3, 185-pound player was a dominant force for Northern Alberta Xtreme (NAX) last season, helping the program win the Canadian Sport School Hockey League U15 Prep Western Championship for the second consecutive year with five goals and seven assists for 12 points in five playoff games.

With his 12 playoff points, he was the second best of all skaters in the U15 preparatory class, only his teammate Jaggar John was better.

Chorney scored 19 goals and 23 assists for 42 points in 24 games during the regular season, making him the second-best player on a very strong NAX team and finishing just outside the top 10 in the U15 prep division.

The left-footed striker also scored four shorthanded goals in the 2023-24 season, achieving the highest number of points in the U15 preparatory class.

“I would like to thank my family and friends who have supported me to get this far,” Chorney said.

“I am extremely grateful to be able to wear this Giants jersey and can't wait to compete for the G-Men in the future.”

Prior to joining NAX for the 2023-24 season, Chorney played for the Lloydminster Athletics U14, where he scored 42 goals and 77 points in 32 games during the 2022-23 season.

The Nipawin, Saskatchewan product will play in the Saskatchewan Male U18 AAA Hockey League in the 2024–25 season for the Saskatoon Blazers, who have won two consecutive league championships.

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Saskatchewan's Blake Chorney has been signed by the Vancouver Giants on a scholarship and development contract. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
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Saskatchewan's Blake Chorney has been signed by the Vancouver Giants on a scholarship and development contract. (Special to Langley Advance Times)