Chilliwack lacrosse star Ryan Johnson drafted 15th overall by senior Adanacs
By Dan Olson, Surrey NowFebruary 28, 2012
He's familiar with the commute.
And familiarity will make it all the more easier for Chilliwack's Ryan Johnson when the 2012 Western Lacrosse Association begins in May.
The six-foot-two transition player, who toiled the past three years for the Coquitlam junior A Adanacs, was chosen with the 15th pick overall by the Coquitlam senior Adanacs at the WLA's junior draft in Burnaby.
Chilliwack's Ryan Johnson (right) was drafted alongside Coquitlam junior A Adanacs teammate Travis Cornwall by the Adanacs senior squad earlier this month. Photograph by: Dan Olson , for the TIMES
Despite plenty of speculation by some armchair experts, the Coquitlam Adanacs stayed true to tradition and grabbed the best player with the first overall pick Monday at the Western Lacrosse Association junior draft in Burnaby.
Coquitlam made hometown product Travis Cornwall the first player selected in the 2012 draft, adding the versatile six-foot-two lefthander to a lineup loaded on the portside. He was a fitting reward for a veteran team that finished dead last in the WLA in 2011.
While some interpreted Coquitlam general manager Randy Delmonico's pre-draft musings about weakness on the right side as rationale to pick Port Moody native Jackson Decker, the club wasn't faking right.
Sure, the Coquitlam Adanacs addressed their need for a righthanded shot at Monday’s Western Lacrosse Association draft.
Just not with the first overall pick.
The Adanacs grabbed whom many considered the best athlete available at the Burnaby Firefighters Club in Coquitlam’s own Travis Cornwall, whose natural skill and size over-rode his southpaw status on the already lefty-heavy squad.