September 13, 2013
Last year’s NSWC Bantam A1 captain Dante Hannoun signed with WHL Victoria Royals on Friday and made his debut in an exhibition game against the Vancouver Giants Saturday, Sept 12. The Royals won the preseason affair 4-3, and played the Giants again this afternoon in Ladner, winning 3-2, with Hannoun scoring twice.
Hannoun was selected by the Royals with the club’s first round, 11th overall, pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. The 5-6, 145 lb forward was recently shortlisted for Team BC’s Under-16 team in advance of the 2013 Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup. Hannoun will suit up for the Greater Vancouver Canadians of the BC Major Midget Hockey League during the 2013-14 season.
“We are very pleased to have signed Dante,” Royals’ General Manager Cameron Hope said after the signing. “Dante is a dynamic and intelligent hockey player. We are excited to move into the future with Dante as a part of our team.”
With North Shore, Hannoun racked up 151 points (63g-88a) and 46 penalty minutes in 63 games played last season in addition to a plus-114 rating. Hannoun helped lead the Hawks to the 2013 BC Provincial Bantam Tier 1 Championship and a silver medal at the 2013 Western Canada Bantam Championship. Hannoun also helped the Hawks to a gold medal at the John Reid Memorial Tournament where he notched 11 points (6g-5a) in six games. Selected to participate in the 2013 Under-16 BC Cup, Hannoun notched one goal for Team Flyers en route to the BC Cup title.
Hannoun caught the attention of Victoria Colonist writer Cleve Dheensaw, in his first game Saturday – quote. After his two goal performance in the second game Sunday, Dheesaw wrote: “Five-foot-six and 145-pound Dante Hannoun, Victoria’s first-round pick in the 2013 bantam draft, gave an enticing glimpse of the future by leading the Royals with two goals Sunday. The Delta native could be a small forward with a big upside…
“Royals fans will have to wait until next season for that as Hannoun is limited to five regular-season games this season as a 15-year-old and will play in the B.C. Major Midget League with the Greater Vancouver Canadians.”
Hockey Hub will be following the BC MM League and the GV Canadians all season.