This weekend, many hockey players will see their dreams come true when they hear their name called at the National Hockey League (NHL) Draft and that includes one member of the Humboldt Broncos, Matthew Van Blaricom. 

The draft gets underway on Friday night with the first round taking place inside of the Sphere in Las Vegas. The first 32 selections will be made on the opening night.  

On Saturday, rounds 2-7 will take place, and that is when Van Blaricom could be selected. 

Back in April, National Hockey League Central Scouting released their final rankings, projecting Van Blaricom to be selected 139th overall, in the fifth round.  

The forward was one of six players from the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) to be named in the rankings and was the only player from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). 

This past season, in his second campaign with the Broncos, the Southey product had 68 points (27G-41A) in 47 games.  

Once his time with the Broncos is done, Van Blaircom will head south to compete in NCAA Div I Hockey, after he committed to the Michigan Tech. Huskies back in 2023. 

If Van Blaricom is drafted this weekend, it won’t be the first time an active member of the Broncos was selected. Back in 1988, Len Esau was a fifth-round selection (86th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs.