The Swift Current Broncos fulfilled a childhood dream yesterday in the first round of the WHL Prospects Draft by selecting a hometown player.

Swift Current's Carter Moen was at home, surrounded by his family, watching the draft on TV intently hoping the team he cheers for would draft him.

The Broncos picked the 15-year-old with their first-round selection, 17th overall.

"They said they were interested in me, and I had a good feeling they might pick me," he said. "My family was very exciting as well for me. I'm just very excited to play here."

Moen played 27 regular season games with the Swift Current Pure Chem U15 AA Broncos scoring 28 goals, 21 assists, and 49 points. He ranked second on the team in goals and points.

"I'm a 200-foot player," he said while describing himself. "I'm a physical player, I have a good shot and I can make good plays. I like to block shots and do whatever I can to help the team win."

The 5-foot-11 forward has already committed to spending the 2024-25 season with the Swift Current U18 AAA Legionnaires.

"It will help me become more ready for it (the WHL)," he said.

Carter's hockey talents come naturally to him, with his father Travis playing over 800 games at the NHL level between the regular season and playoffs. Having that type of hockey knowledge close to him and coaching him is a gift he's grateful for.

"He's helped me with basically everything," he said. "My knowledge in hockey, skills on the ice, and teaches me everything to be a better player.

"It's pretty good to have a dad that played at that level. He has so much knowledge about the game and what to do on the ice and how to prepare for games as well."

Moen is the first Swift Current-born player to be selected by the Broncos during the first round since the WHL's Bantam Draft begin in 1990.