The Swift Current Broncos didn't have to look too far to make their third pick in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft.
With the 30th overall pick, they dipped into the local talent pool selecting Swift Current's Parker Rondeau.
"I've always wanted to be a Bronco, I've dreamed about it," he said moments after being chosen in the second round.
"I was really nervous, I was waiting for my name to be picked before that. I was chewing on everything because I was stressed I wasn't going to get picked. Then when the Broncos [pick] came in, it kind of glitched on the TV and then it went onto my phone first and it was just amazing when I saw my name."
The 5-foot-10 centreman racked up 42 goals and 26 assists this past year with the Swift Current Pure Chem U15 AA Broncos in 31 games in the regular season. He then added 16 points in 10 playoff games to help Swift Current make it to the provincial finals.
"I loved my teammates and they helped me get to this spot," he said in a phone interview.
Rondeau also skated in five regular-season contests with the Swift Current Home Hardware U18 AAA Legionnaires registering two assists. He signed with the club a few months ago and will suit up for them in the 2022-23 season looking to round out his game for a chance at the Broncos roster down the road.
"I've been playing in Swift since I was four years old," he said.
"I'm really looking to improve my strength. If I want to play in the WHL I have to be a stronger player because the game gets tougher and faster. Also, work on my skating ability because that would be very helpful in the league."
Parker will be the second Rondeau to dawn the WHL Broncos crest, his father Jeremy played four seasons for the club from 1995 to 1999.
"I've always wanted to be like my dad, he's taught me everything," he said. "He's taught me how to play the game right, be a nice person, he's really helped along the way. To be drafted to the same team he played for is really amazing."
Jeremy suited up for Swift Current in 249 games compiling 124 points. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames and spent five seasons with the University of Saskatchewan in what is now called the U Sports league.