Royals pull off a blockbuster with Warriors
BREAKING: We have acquired 18-year-old’s Brock Gould (G), Logan Doust (RC), Nolan Jones (LD), a 3rd in ’20, 1st in ’21, 2nd in 22, & a 4th in ’22 from Victoria for Brayden Tracey, Adam Evanoff, a 4th in ’20, & 5th in ’23.
— Moose Jaw Warriors (@MJWARRIORS) January 9, 2020
The Victoria Royals pulled off one of the bigger moves the WHL has seen in recent memory acquiring Anaheim Ducks prospect Brayden Tracey, goaltender Adam Evanoff, a fourth-round pick in 2020 (Red Deer’s) and a fifth-round pick in 2023 from the Moose Jaw Warriors for goaltender Brock Gould, forward Logan Doust, defenseman Nolan Jones, a third-round pick in 2020, a first-round pick in 2021 (Saskatoon’s) a second-round pick in 2022 and a fourth-round pick in 2022. Our Brandon Rivers has a full breakdown of the trade here.
Giants acquire Florchuk from Blades
TRADE 🔁: The Giants have acquired 2000-born forward/@Capitals prospect Eric Florchuk and a 2021 seventh-round pick in a trade with the @BladesHockey. In return, Saskatoon receives Evan Patrician, and two draft picks.
— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) January 10, 2020
The Vancouver Giants acquired forward Eric Florchuk and a seventh-round pick in the 2021 WHL Bantam Draft from Saskatoon Blades for forward Evan Patrician, a 2020 first-round pick (originally Medicine Hat’s) and a second-round pick in 2021. Our Stephen Hawco has everything you need to know here.
Raiders acquire Paddock from Pats
TRADE: Pats trade Max Paddock to Prince Albert for Jakob Brook and Draft Picks.
— Regina Pats (@WHLPats) January 9, 2020
The Prince Albert Raiders acquired goaltender Max Paddock from the Regina Pats for forward Jakob Brook (who will be sidelined for a few weeks due to injury), a second-round pick in 2020 and a conditional third-round pick in 2022. The condition on the trade is based on whether or not Paddock is back with the Raiders for his overage season next year. As a result of the trade, the Raiders also announced that goaltender Keegan Karki has been released from the active roster and the Pats announced that they have recalled defenseman Steven Zonneveld and goaltender Danton Belluk for the rest of this season. They have also recalled Matthew Kieper on an emergency basis. Our Chris Clark has a full breakdown of the trade here.
Blazers acquire Zabransky from Warriors for Lang
— Kamloops Blazers (@blazerhockey) January 9, 2020
The Kamloops Blazers acquired import defenseman Libor Zabransky from the Moose Jaw Warriors for import forward Martin Lang. Our Jordan Bremner has a full analysis of the trade here.
Cougars make trades with Blades, Wheat Kings
— PG Cougars (@PGCougars) January 10, 2020
The Prince George Cougars made a pair of trades late Thursday evening. In the first move, the Cougars acquired defenseman Majid Kaddoura, a first-round pick in 2020 (via Vancouver via Medicine Hat) and the WHL rights to unsigned prospect Jayden Watson from the Saskatoon Blades for defenseman Rhett Rhinehart and a third-round pick in 2020. Kaddoura has two goals and eight assists in 36 games this season while Rhinehart has three goals and 12 assists in 36 games. The unsigned Watson was drafted by the Blades in the eighth-round in 2018 and is playing for his hometown Grand Prairie Storm Midget AAA in the AMHL where he’s notched five goals and 16 assists in 21 games.
In the Cougars’ second move of the day, they traded forward Reid Perepeluk to the Brandon Wheat Kings for forward Jonny Hooker. Hooker has eight goals and five assists in 34 games this season while Perepeluk has four goals and five assists in 31 games.
Americans acquire Joseph from Rockets
The Americans have acquired 20-year-old forward Jadon Joseph from the Kelowna Rockets in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2022 WHL Bantam Draft.
Welcome to Tri-City, Jadon!
— Tri-City Americans (@TCAmericans) January 9, 2020
The Tri-City Americans acquired forward Jadon Joseph from the Kelowna Rockets for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2022 WHL Bantam Draft. The move comes as overage forward Kyle Topping is two-three weeks away from returning to the Rockets lineup according to GM Bruce Hamilton. In 37 games this season split between the Rockets and Moose Jaw Warriors, Topping has eight goals and 11 assists.
Hitmen acquire Mitchell from Silvertips for Campbell
TRADE: Hitmen acquire 18-year-old forward Conrad Mitchell and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft from Everett in exchange for 18-year-old forward Hunter Campbell
— Calgary Hitmen (@WHLHitmen) January 9, 2020
The Calgary Hitmen acquired Conrad Mitchell and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft from the Everett Silvertips for Hunter Campbell. Mitchell is in his second season in the WHL and has four goals and one assist in 29 games in Everett this season. Campbell has played 31 games in Calgary this season and has posted three goals and eight assists.
Hitmen also acquire Gabruch from Chiefs
TRADE: Hitmen have acquired 18-year-old forward Connor Gabruch from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft
— Calgary Hitmen (@WHLHitmen) January 9, 2020
The Calgary Hitmen also acquired forward Connor Gabruch from the Spokane Chiefs for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. In 36 games with the Chiefs this season, he has three goals and four assists.
Zamula to undergo season-ending back surgery
NEWS: Hitmen defenceman Egor Zamula to undergo season ending back surgery
— Calgary Hitmen (@WHLHitmen) January 10, 2020
Calgary Hitmen defenseman Egor Zamula is heading under the knife for a season-ending back surgery which the team says was necessitated by “a degenerative condition that intensified at the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championships.” Zamula was a point-per-game player on the Hitmen blueline this season with seven goals and 21 assists in 28 games.
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Wheat Kings release Zayat from the active roster
TRANSACTION: The #BWK have announced that rookie D Jack Zayat has been assigned to the Alberta Junior Hockey League….
— Brandon Wheat Kings (@bdnwheatkings) January 9, 2020
The Brandon Wheat Kings released rookie defenseman Jack Zayat from the active roster. The 17-year-old defenseman played nine games this year and went pointless.
Zayat joins Grande Prairie Storm
The Storm sign defenceman Jack Zayat from the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL.
Jack recorded 37 pts in 34 games in Bantam AAA with the Calgary Bisons and followed with 55 pts in 31 games with the Calgary Rangers Minor Midget team.https://t.co/VMhd3lzTky#gpab #wearethestorm pic.twitter.com/eWQ8qNVyFF
— Grande Prairie Storm (@GPStorm) January 9, 2020
Following his release from the Wheat Kings active roster, Zayat signed with the AJHL’s Grande Prairie Storm. The Storm say he will be in the lineup this weekend.
Eagles acquire Klassen’s CJHL rights
📸: Erica Perreaux/Lethbridge Hurricanes
— Surrey Eagles (@SurreyEagles) January 9, 2020
The Surrey Eagles of the BCHL have acquired goaltender Reece Klassen from the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL for future considerations. Klassen has been with the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos this season suiting up for nine games with a 5.13 GAA and 0.878 save percentage with a 1-7-0-1 record. There has been no official announcement from Swift Current, but Klassen is no longer listed on the Broncos website suggesting he will likely report to his hometown Eagles for the conclusion of his junior hockey career.
Dirks leaves Raiders organization
Well after several years I have left the PA Raiders organization. Having the opportunity to be a part no matter how small it was to bring a championship to my hometown team was awesome. Such a great feeling I will never forget. Very appreciative of the opportunity.
— Dana Dirks (@danadirks48) January 10, 2020
After several years as a scout with the Prince Albert Raiders, Dana Dirks has announced on Twitter that he has decided to move on from the organization.
Schneider, Wiesblatt to wear letters in CHL Top Prospects game
Congrats Captains Byfield & Lafreniere!
— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) January 9, 2020
Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Braden Schneider and Prince Albert Raiders forward Ozzy Wiesblatt have been named assistant captains for the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game set to take place next week.
WHL Suits Up to Promote Organ Donation to take a different look?
Remember the 'Don Cherry' nights in the WHL when teams would wear uniforms inspired by his suits?
This year's "WHL Suits Up to Promote Organ Donation" games will look different. No mention of Cherry anymore plus, the uniforms (at least for the Oil Kings)…
— Guy Flaming (@TPS_Guy) January 9, 2020
Our friend Guy Flaming points out the Edmonton Oil Kings will be going with a new look for their “WHL Suits Up to Promote Organ Donation” night this year. In previous years, the nights had been associated with Don Cherry and featured Don Cherry-inspired jerseys. Neither of those things appears to be part of the Oil Kings’ plans this year. It remains to be seen how the rest of the league is reacting. He goes on to suggest that the powder blue suits of “Hockey Night in Canada” will play a part in the theme.