There is always a sad realization when overage players move on from the WHL. It means you will no longer see them don your team’s jersey; but there is a great deal of peace to be had in the fact that these players are simply moving on to the next step in their budding hockey careers, wherever it may be for them.
For former Edmonton Oil Kings netminder Beck Warm, he is taking his talents to the pro ranks. As per the WHL website, Warm has signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. The Wolves serve as an affiliate to the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes.
Warm concluded his impressive WHL career this past season, which unfortunately was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 6-foot goaltender just turned 21 in April and is coming off an impressive campaign split between the Oil Kings and Tri-City Americans in 2019-20. He played 15 games with Edmonton and finished with a .915 save percentage and played 28 games with Tri-City where he had a .914 save percentage.
Warm is a veteran of 150 WHL games and spent the bulk of his junior years with the Americans. He has a career save percentage of .908 and was even named to the WHL (West) Second All-Star Team in 2018-19.
He was undrafted in both the WHL and NHL but has sight his sights on a professional career.
The Next Step
The Oil Kings were a top contending team and I’m sure it would have been icing on the cake for Warm to have had a chance to win a WHL championship in his last season. But nevertheless, he will now move on to greener pastures with a chance to turn a few heads with his tremendous puck-stopping skills.
The Whistler, B.C native is heading into a good situation where he has a chance to prove himself as a pro and continue to pursue his dreams. Warm had a WHL career to remember and should look back on his junior years with great satisfaction.
All the best to him moving forward.