Our Selects program has proved to be one of the most successful avenues for young hockey players to improve their skills, compete at the highest level and further their playing careers while offering world-class experiences to the athletes and their families. Countless Selects alumni have gone on to accomplish great feats both on and off the ice, and with our new Selects Spotlight, we look to promote those players and their success stories.

A member of our inaugural Pacific Selects that competed at the U-15 World Selects Invitational this spring, Hudson Thornton anchored his team’s defensive effort as they advanced to the tournament semifinal in their first ever appearance.

Thornton led all defensemen in the WSI with two goals and nine points, which earned him All-Tournament Team honors alongside teammate and forward Logan Stankoven.

With 36 teams from 11 different countries and regions from around the world, the WSI in Philadelphia offers the most diverse pool of talent featuring the best 2003-birth year players.

“Playing against players from all over the world, it really shows you what kind of talent is out there,” Thornton said.

Competing against the highest level of competition among ‘03s this spring, Thornton had the unique opportunity to play against world-class talent. That experience should carry plenty of weight moving forward, as the 5-foot-10, 155-pound defenseman from Winnipeg, Manitoba, was selected 33rd overall in the 2018 WHL bantam draft.

Chosen with the 11th pick of the second round by the Prince George Cougars, Thornton has a very bright future ahead as he looks to play in Western Canada’s most elite junior league. He was one-of-16 Pacific Selects players to be chosen and one-of-32 total Selects players overall in the bantam draft. His goal is quite simple.

To play at the highest level I can for as long as I can,” Thornton said.

Slated to play for the RHA Nationals in the 2018-19 season, he will set his sights on the WHL next year in the hopes of advancing his hockey career.

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