The Southwest Booster

Darby follows his brothers’ footsteps in WHL Prospects Draft

- STEVEN MAH

Swift Current’s Griffin Darby is joining a familiar organizati­on after being selected 17th overall in the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft on May 11.

His older brother, Hudson, was drafted by the Portland Winterhawk­s in the 2021 draft.

The moment Griffin Darby was drafted was captured perfectly on a video shared by the Winterhawk­s on Twitter.

“It was awesome. I was so excited. I looked at my brother and we both just kind of knew that it was going to be a good time. I’m really excited that I got to spend it with my family and friends because they’ve all helped me out so much throughout the whole process… all the work they put in to help me, like my mom paying for all the sports and my dad coaching me has been really good.”

The draft couldn’t have turned out much better for the mobile defenseman.

“Yeah I was hoping it was going to be Portland, but I didn’t know for sure because anything can really happen in the draft. I was hoping and praying that it was going to be Portland and it was, so I’m happy about it.”

“They are a really successful team. They get so many fans and I think they are going to be a good strong team coming up in the next couple years, so I hope to play for them,” he added.

Hudson Darby, a 6’0’’ forward, was a fifth round pick in 2021 and he suited up in seven games with the Winterhawk­s this season.

“Oh yeah it would be an honor to play with Hudson. I look up to him a lot and I think that would just be awesome to play together in the same sweater. It would be cool.”

Griffin is just the latest in a line of Darbys to be drafted in the WHL. His father Regan was drafted by the Spokane Chiefs in 1995 and then played for the Chiefs, Tri-city Americans, Red Deer Rebels and Prince Albert Raiders. Both of his uncles were drafted in the WHL and his grandfathe­r on his mother’s side was a profession­al goaltender as well.

“I think it’s hard work, but we push each other a lot on and off the ice just to be a better person, a better player, and a better leader. Just coming from a hockey family has helped me so much.”

Griffin had 35 points in 28 games on the Swift Current U15 AAA Broncos blue line last season. He added two points in four playoff games.

“I think it was a really good year. I had lots of good teammates that helped me become a better player. My coaches obviously were a big part in that too. Just being here in Swift Current and playing with all my buddies was a lot of fun. Yeah we were just working hard in Swift.”

Darby has been a rising star in Swift Current for years now.

“I just worked hard. I’ve got lots of good coaches and the experience they gave me was awesome. Swift Hockey Co. and all the time they put in to help me get better, yeah that probably helped out the most.”

Darby will skate for the U18 AAA Legionnair­es next season and is looking forward to making a push for a roster spot with the Winterhawk­s in 2024.

“I think it’s just working hard and 110 percent every time I step on the ice or go in the gym. It’s just getting better in all aspects because that’s such a pristine league.”

Hudson Darby was drafted 17th overall by the Portland Winterhawk­s in the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft.

 ?? STEVEN MAH/SOUTHWEST BOOSTER ?? Griffin Darby was selected in the first round of the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft.
STEVEN MAH/SOUTHWEST BOOSTER Griffin Darby was selected in the first round of the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft.

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