The Vancouver Giants are pleased to announce that 2000-born defenceman Alex Kannok Leipert (Regina, SK) has been selected by the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in the sixth round (161st overall).
Originally selected by the Vancouver Giants in the fourth round (79th overall) of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, Kannok Leipert completed his first full WHL campaign in 2017-18. The blueliner posted five goals and 16 assists for 21 points through 60 regular season games and appeared in six of the Giants seven playoff games against Victoria. Through 68 career WHL games, Kannok Leipert has compiled six goals and 18 assists for 24 points.
“Alex Kannok Leipert can do it all. Last season he logged big minutes as a rookie and thrived in a lot of different situations and it’s great that the Washington Capitals took notice and selected him to their organization,” said Giants GM Barclay Parneta. “He’s the type of kid who strives to get better every day and getting drafted by the Washington Capitals will only further help his confidence and his development. He’s got a remarkably bright future and we’re thrilled for Alex and his family.”
Kannok Leipert is a graduate of the Regina Pat Canadians (SMHL) Midget AAA program and in 2016-17 he captained his team to a league championship and a berth in the 2017 Telus Cup. That same season he was named the SMHL’s Top Defenceman.
Kannok Leipert is the second Vancouver Giant to ever be selected by the Washington Capitals and the first Giants defenceman to be drafted since Mason Geertsen (Colorado Avalanche) in 2013. He’s the third Vancouver Giant to be selected today joining forward Milos Roman (Round 4, Calgary Flames) and goaltender David Tendeck (Round 6, Arizona Coyotes).
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