Jaxson Dikur is excited for his potential future after being drafted in the U15 WHL draft this spring by the Seattle Thunderbirds. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Jaxson Dikur is excited for his potential future after being drafted in the U15 WHL draft this spring by the Seattle Thunderbirds. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Williams Lake’s Jaxson Dikur picked by Seattle Thunderbirds in prospects draft

Jaxson Dikur is looking forward to the possibilities after he was one of three Williams Lake players drafted in the Western Hockey League (WHL) 2023 Prospects Draft.

Dikur is already six-feet, five-inches tall and weighs in at 190 pounds, so he’s been doing a good job of filling up the net for the U15 Northstars Hockey Academy.

While Dikur will not yet be eligible to play for Seattle in the fall because he is just turning 15 this year, he will be attending their training camp, and apparently the team already knows who he is.

Jaxson and his dad Brock Dikur were in Kamloops in May to watch Seattle play in the 2023 Memorial cup finals against the Quebec Ramparts. While the Seattle team was shut out, the Dikurs were welcomed in.

Brock said they were greeted by members of the Seattle Thunderbirds organization and he was shocked to learn they knew exactly who Jaxson was and said they were looking forward to seeing Jaxson down in Seattle in the fall.

Besides heading down for the Thunderbirds training camp, Jaxson plans on spending the winter honing his skills playing for the U18 Prince George Cougars, an AAA team.

This will be a big change for the young man, who has been playing with many of the same teammates for the past eight years.

“They’re like my brothers,” said Jaxson of his fellow Northstars Academy players, and the group of friends he has had since he was six years old.

These connections are what draws people to hockey, he said. This will also be the first time in his life he won’t be coached by his dad Brock, Tyrel Lucas and Jehd Gerrior.

But he is looking forward to it and agrees it will likely be good for him.

“For us to get them this far is such a proud moment,” said Brock, grouping in the other two draft picks from the team who will be heading to Seattle for training camp in the fall —Asher Lucas and Colton Gerrior.

“Seeing their hard work and dedication pay off is pretty special.”

Brock and his wife Carol Anne also have a daughter Avery and will be sending Jaxson up to billet with another family in Prince George for the winter.

Brock said they expect to be up there to catch games when they can.

It will be a big change but Jaxson has no trouble filling any spare time he might have, as in addition to the many hours of hockey training on and off the ice, he enjoys mountain biking, playing guitar and soccer.

Brock said they trust in Jaxson’s ability to manage to be more independent.

“We’re hoping that we’ve done a good enough job up until now,” said Brock, who had also noted being chosen in a prospects draft doesn’t bring any guarantees. However, if Jaxson does end up playing in Seattle in the WHL, he could earn himself a year of post-secondary education for each season played.

“If school gets paid for through hockey, then we’ve already won,” said the proud father.

Editor’s note: Jaxson is one of the three players drafted to Seattle from Williams Lake and Colton Gerrior was featured in the June 1, 2023 Williams Lake Tribune.

We hope to feature Asher Lucas in a future issue.

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