With just a few months until the lacrosse season begins, the Toronto Rock selected Bradley Kri in the 2012 NLL draft on Monday.
Kri adds skill to the Rock’s defensive line as the first pick and 14th overall in the second round.
Before being chosen, the 20-year-old was playing for the Orangeville Northmen junior ‘A’ lacrosse team, which won the Minto Cup Canadian junior championship back in August.
Born and raised in Acton, Ont., Kri has a few other lacrosse awards under his belt.
In 2010, he captured the Founders Cup Canadian championship with his junior ‘B’ team, the Halton Hills Bulldogs, a team he’s been a part of for three seasons. He also received the East Division defender of the year award for in the same Ontario league.
Kris scored four goals and earned two assists in the 2012 playoffs as a Northmen and his highest point season was in 2011 with the Bulldogs, registering 19 points in 20 games.
After taking Kri, the Rock went on to choose six other players:
Mike Lum-Walker, Whitby Warriors, third round 20th overall:
The Rock’s other second pick, Lum-Walker is another defenceman who has also won the Minto Cup with his junior ‘A’ Warriors last year.
The Ajax, Ont, native was accompanied by his mom and girlfriend at the draft sent out a tweet after he was chosen.
“Thanks to everyone who has supported me through the years! Real excited to start this new challenge!”
Lum-Walker is a physical presence as he earned 120 penalty minutes in 55 career OLA Junior ‘A’ games.
Kyle Pereira, Brampton Excelsiors, third round 25th overall:
A hockey player turned lacrosse competitor, the 21-year-old Pereira played four seasons in the OHL with the Brampton Battalion and Guelph Storm before joining the Ontario Junior ‘B’ Lacrosse League this year.
In 20 games, he scored 66 goals and had 47 assists for a total of 113 points for the Excelsiors.
Kyle Belton, Langley Thunder, third round 27th overall:
Born in Vancouver, the forward played lacrosse in his post-secondary years as part of Stony Brook University’s team in New York. He then went on to play for the Thunder in the Western Lacrosse League and brought home the championship with the team last season.
Dustin Caravello, Orangeville Northmen, fourth round 34th pick overall:
This right-handed shooter is a teammate of Kri and won the Minto Cup in August. He was the fifth highest in points on his junior ‘A’ team during the the 2012 season with 59.
Robert Kroger, Orangeville Northmen, fifth round 43rd overall:
Standing at 6’5 and 220 pounds, Kroger was also a former Northmen. Before that, he spent most of his time in junior ‘A’ with his hometown team, the Toronto Beaches. He also played for Georgetown University as a defenceman.
Tyler Glebe, London Blue Devils, sixth round 52nd overall:
Last but not least, the Rock picked up Glebe who was the only goalie taken in the entire draft. He played two seasons with the junior ‘B’ Blue Devils, including all 20 games in the 2012 regular season in addition to the playoffs before being eliminated in the quarter-finals by the Wallaceburg Red Devils. His record was 14-6 last season with a 6.97 GAA.
After being chosen by Toronto, he tweeted the next day saying “Thank you to everyone who supported me and the #Torontorock for drafting me! Really is a dream come true and I can’t wait for training camp!”
The first overall NLL pick in the first round went to the Edmonton Rush as they selected forward Mark Matthews.
For the third year in a row, the first round picks were all Canadian.
Lacrosse’s regular season begins in January and the Rock play their first home game at the ACC against the Edmonton Rush on Jan. 13.