Familiar faces join Thunder

by Gary Ahuja

The Langley Thunder stayed local, selecting a pair of players from their junior program at the 2024 Western Lacrosse Association Junior Draft.

Curtis Goode (#12) was selected by Langley in the third round of the WLA Graduating Junior Player Draft. Langley Thunder file photo

The senior A squad chose Curtis Goode and Liam Taillefer in the third and fifth rounds, respectively, of the draft held on February 6. Both finished their junior careers with the Langley Thunder Junior A program. The team’s fourth-round pick was Coquitlam’s Brendan Murray.

With their fourth round pick, the Thunder selected Brendan Murray from the Coquitlam Adanacs Junior Tier 1 team. photo courtesy of Adanacs Instagram

After playing his junior career with the Thunder, Liam Taillefer remains in Langley as a fifth-round pick in the WLA Graduating Player Draft. Langley Thunder file photo

Prior to the draft, Langley used their two territorial protection picks (where teams can choose to select from their pool of graduating junior players) on Stuart Phillips and Cameron Ickert. But ahead of the WLA Draft, the team sent Phillips to the Burnaby Lakers in exchange for the goaltender Matteo Tack, Graydon Bradley and a fourth round pick in 2025. Bradley’s WLA/Lacrosse Canada playing rights revert to Burnaby on October 1, 2024.

Bradley also played for the Thunder last summer, registering a goal and 11 assists in 15 regular season and playoff games combined.