A Vernon hockey player will be donning the blue and white of the Toronto Maple Leafs – at the team’s annual development camp.
Deagan McMillan is one of 42 players selected to the camp, taking place July 3-8 in Toronto.
McMillan played the past two years with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. He had 17 goals and 30 assists, playing in 65 games for the club in 2022-23.
Drafted in the second round of the WHL Prospects Draft in 2020, the talented centre had three points in the Americans first round playoff tussle with the Prince George Spruce Kings.
The 18-year-old forward played his prep hockey at the Delta Hockey Academy in Vancouver at the under- 15 level, then for the Okanagan Rockets U18 AAA team in 2020-21.
He appeared on NHL Central Scouting’s list this year, prior to the NHL Entry Draft, and was rated at 108th among North American skaters.
While McMillan was not selected in the draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs liked what they saw in the six-foot-one-inch tall physical player to sign him to their development camp roster.
The Maple Leafs assistant general manager, Hayley Wickenheiser, will be overseeing the camp, with players having the potential to then be selected to the team’s main training camp in September.