The Saskatoon Blades went into the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft with high hopes of landing a particular player with the 5th overall pick. The Blades management and scouts knew there were plenty of possible scenarios that could unfold and prepared accordingly. Thankfully the cards fell in the right order, and General Manager Colin Priestner was able to announce the player circled on the top of the list, defenseman Aidan De La Gorgendiere.
A native of Langley, British Columbia, De La Gorgendiere spent the 2016-17 season at the Yale Hockey Academy of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League with the Bantam Prep team, posting 5 goals and 21 helpers in 30 outings to go along with 50 penalty minutes. Then in the playoffs De La Gorgendiere added 9 points in 4 contests. Aidan also jumped up an age level for four games with the Yale Elite 15’s, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists.
De La Gorgendiere had a stellar showing at the annual John Reid Memorial Tournament in St. Albert, Alberta, featuring 16 of the top Bantam teams from Canada and the United States. Aidan had a goal and 14 assists in 6 games at the tournament earning himself the top defenseman award.
Aidan is described as a top tier defender capable of playing in all situations. He already stands at 6’0″ tall, and compliments his size with speed and agility.
De La Gorgendiere says he is excited about becoming a Saskatoon Blade and playing in the city where both of his parents grew up. He still has plenty of family in the area and looks forward to calling the Bridge City home in the coming years.