Hot of a win at the Alberta Cup, Kadon McCann and Jaxen Adam have caught the eyes of Western Hockey League (WHL) teams.
It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks for the pair, who were teammates in Cochrane Minor Hockey before taking separate paths this season.
Yesterday, McCann, 15, was picked first in the second round of the WHL Prospect Draft by the Medicine Hat Tigers and a few rounds later Adam, 14, was selected by the Tri-City Americans.
McCann had been watching the draft with his family in the morning. After a 20-minute break from the first round, his name was called.
"All of a sudden I saw my name pop up. It was a huge honour to be drafted by the Medicine Hat Tigers," says McCann. "It's a fantastic organization, I haven't heard anything bad about them and I'm just excited to get started."
For Adam, it's a chance to continue to pursue his dream.
"I've always wanted to play in the WHL and go on the NHL. Just knowing I'm one step closer is so cool."
Adam called Kaden to congratulate him, and not long afterward, it was the other way around.
"We were going to get together today to go out and skate at sticks and pucks, but his gears isn't in Cochrane," says Adam.
"I'm very fortunate to play with Jaxen all the way through my career," says McCann. "We've had a really good connection and we're good buddies so it was awesome to see him go in the draft and I'm really happy for him. I couldn't be more excited."
McCann played hockey this season with the Rink Hockey Academy in Kelowna, and Adam played for the Airdrie AAA Xtreme.
The pair were recently reunited to play for Team Black in the Alberta Cup. Both offered their leadership, McCann as captain and Adam as an alternate captain. Team Black won the Alberta Cup in a thriller of a final that went to a shoot-out.
It was a memorable experience for both.
"Just being there you get treated so professionally, it's just awesome to experience," says Adam. "Kadon and I have known each other for quite a while, so it was pretty good to play with him again because we played against each other all this year. When we finally got to work together it was pretty awesome."
McCann went on to be named to the tournament's all-star team and finished second in scoring.
"It was a great honour for me, because I came back to Alberta for the Alberta Cup and I played with some great former teammates from the Xtreme."
McCann spent the past season at Rink Hockey Academy in Kelowna under NHL Hall of Famer Jerome Iginla.
"It was really cool to be coached by a high-end Haller of Famer hockey player and just see how he carries himself, how he takes time to talk to everybody and shows respect for everyone he talks to."
True to form, Iginla was also a bit of a jokester.
Adam says they had a tight group on the Xtreme this season.
"Just going that far with those boys was so great. Everybody was pretty happy with the season. It didn't end how we'd like it to, but it just happens sometimes."
After finishing the regular season with a 30-4 record and winning their first two playoff series, the Xtreme advanced to the provincial championship, where they finished fourth.