The morning of May 5th was filled with much anticipation and anxiety. It was the day that we would have more answers as to what God has planned for Taylor's life. The WHL draft was to begin at 7:30am pacific time. There had been some speculation that TV might be drafted in the first round (the first round was the only round ustreamed live) after that, the website would be updated every 15 sec and you just have to wait to see what name popped up. We were all dressed and ready for the day by 7:30 - knowing that no matter what would happen, we wanted to be ready for the day:) The grandparents also joined us for the morning event.
As it turned out Taylor wasn't drafted until the 2nd pick in the 6th round by the Vancouver Giants. Let me tell you, there was MANY things that crossed our minds that morning - many of which was when we knew what team's turn it was to pick, we were either hoping to see his name or cringing hoping not to see his name (depending on who was picking:)) We were praying for an organization close by with a good reputation for great hockey - he got that!! But, there was a bit of doubt that crossed his mind as he waited for sooo long for his name to show up (especially during the 1hr lunch break)- much later than anticipated but, it was a perfect answer to prayer for many reasons!! To be honest, the whole "scene" didn't carry out as "I" had planned - i was envisioning us all sitting together by the computer to see his name pop up together but NO - TV was on the couch watching NHL channel just finished eating something and decided to refresh the netbook - i was working on an email and not sure what Lance was doing... So, all of a sudden he says "i think i'm gonna check to see if they started again, oh...they started...oh my gosh! Vancouver Giants - TAYLOR VICKERMAN - that's me - i just got drafted to the GIANTS!!!! woo hoo!!" i jumped up from my computer just in time to see the HUGE grin come across his face. It still took awhile for it to sink in and about 20 seconds later - the phone rang! It was Vancouver calling to make sure he knew he was picked by them and to let him know of the spring camp that they would be having memorial day weekend. After that, our day was a BLUR!! We (Lance, TV and myself) were planning on going out of town to check out a few teams in Michigan & Ohio for TV to play for next season (Midget minor yr). So, we had to quickly celebrate this event! We quickly sent out emails and posted to FB about a last minute celebration at Kimo's. Taylor went to school for the rest of the day and i frantically got a cake, balloons and tried to finish packing! As soon as Tv got home, Annie Fowler called to interview him and shortly after that KEPR came by to do his FIRST ever interview (i'm sure it won't be his last;)) He did a great job!! The pic below is that moment:
|VERY proud grandmas!!! They have done so much praying and supporting of his hockey - i just love this pic!|
|Family and Friends celebrating...|
|Eating and waiting for the news...|
|A very special person in Taylor's life - Terry Liikala was one of TV's first coach and coached him for several years and gave him the nickname of "TV" We were so glad that he came!|
|TV with Michael from AFS - Taylor trains with him 2 times a week!|
|TV and Craig Bond - Taylor's Power Skating coach - he skates with him 2 times a week too!|
We had a wonderful time enjoying this occasion. A night we will always remember - thank you to those that helped us celebrate and also prayed for God's will to be done:)
I'll have to blog about our trip to MI & OH later...
Many people have asked and wondered if he is going to Vancouver next year and the answer to that is no - he is too young. To play in the WHL, you have to be 16 and then after he is 16, it just depends if the team thinks he's ready or needed. Until then, he continues to play and develop as a better hockey player and to do that he will need to move away from home:( - more about that later...
Here are some links regarding TV being drafted: