At a hockey tournament in Philadelphia, PA, Ben King found out he was drafted by the Swift Current Broncos.
Swift Current selected the Vernon, BC product with their second of two first round picks (13th overall) at the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft Thursday morning in Calgary.
"I'm really excited," King said after being selected.
"I wanted to get drafted there.
"I heard it is a great place to play, and lots of fans come out to the games."
King spent the past two seasons with the Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Prep team in the Canadian Sport Hockey School League.
The soon-to-be 15-year old (DOB: May 15, 2002) posted 16 goals and 30 assists in 22 regular season games this past season.
Nearly producing double the amount of assists than goals, Kings likes to think of himself as a set-up guy.
"I like my passing ability," he said.
Being able to find players in open ice and help my teammates score."
King was one of six players selected from POE in the first round.
He feels getting to play with such a talented group will only help him moving forward.
"Playing with a guy like Connor McClennon (Picked 2nd overall by Kootenay), you have to keep up with his speed," he said.
"Just getting the opportunity to to practice with him and shadow him helped me improve every day."
The 6'0", 159lbs forward also brings versatility to the Broncos organization.
King played both forward and defence for POE this past season, which he feels makes him a better all-around player.
"Playing defence helps when you are playing forward," King said.
"It allows you to know when to pull back in certain situations and how to defend. It was really good for me."
When asked if he felt being in the WHL was the next step in his career, King did not hesitate.
"That is the league I want to play in, for sure," he said.
The Broncos selected King after taking defenceman Joel Sexsmith with the 9th overall pick.