By Cheryl Brown
Kyle Pepper was selected by the Jr. A Shamrocks using their first pick in the Jr. A Entry Draft. It was a behind the scene deal that happened with Jr. A Shamrocks General Manager Wade Murray finessing a trade that saw the Rocks receiving Port Coquitlam’s third overall pick in the first round in exchange for the Rocks 5th overall pick in the first round the 11th over all in the second and their first-round draft pick in 2020.
Pepper is a Midget A graduate out of the Saanich Box Lacrosse Association. When not playing box he plays field lacrosse for Pacific Rim and attends Claremont High School where he is in the Lacrosse Academy under direction of Darren Reisig.
Kyle’s dad Grant Pepper and his twin brother Greg Pepper both played Junior for the Esquimalt Legion and Sr. Shamrocks and were both on the 1988 Championship Minto Cup team. They are one of the families that are considered Shamrock Royalty like the Gait brothers.
Grandpa Doug Jones was the President of the Senior Rocks from the 80’s until he recruited current President Jim Hartshorne to take over the role in 1992 and considers Mr. Hartshorne to be doing a fabulous job with the organization.
When I spoke with Kyle’s grandpa Doug he had not yet heard that his grandson had been drafted and was ecstatic to hear the news. He said he was a little worried that Kyle would be drafted by another team but was so pleased that the Shamrocks were able to obtain his rights. He said his son in law Grant was a Shamrock so this meant a lot to their family and he and his wife were looking forward to going to the arena in their old age to watch their grandson play.
When asked what it meant to him to be drafted as a Shamrock Kyle said that it was “pretty cool” and “a great opportunity”. He was happy to be able to wear the jersey of the team that he cheered on growing up.
Kyle said that he knew his dad would be really excited that he was drafted by the Shamrocks but that he would have been proud of him no matter where he went.
The Junior Shamrocks also drafted Joseph Zerr from Peninsula, Logan Wright from Juan de Fuca, Graham Goodfellow from Saanich and Tyson Johnston from Peninsula. The Junior Shamrocks Organization welcomes all of the new players to the Shamrock Family.