Wheat Kings sign Johnson
Welcome to the Brandon Wheat Kings, Trae!
— Brandon Wheat Kings (@bdnwheatkings) May 9, 2020
The Brandon Wheat Kings have signed 2020 WHL Bantam Draft second-round pick Trae Johnson to his WHL Education Contract. The Martensville, Saskatchewan native played for his hometown Martensville Marauders Bantam AA in the 2019-20 and scored 36 goals and 31 assists in 31 games last season, adding 82 penalty minutes. You can check out his DUBNetwork Scouting profile right here.
Winterhawks parent company files for bankruptcy
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) May 10, 2020
Our friends over at The Oregonian reported on Saturday night that the Portland Winterhawks parent company filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy on Thursday. According to the Portland paper, the issues stem from unpaid loans to Bridging Financing, which took control of the team earlier this month from Winterhawks owner William Gallacher. This could cause concern for Winterhawks fans if the club enters receivership for more than 10 days or if the franchise itself enters bankruptcy as that would allow the WHL to terminate the team’s ownership agreement. However, as pointed out by The Oregonian, neither of these things have happened at this point, nor do they appear likely to happen at this stage. You’ll want to read the full story in The Oregonian here.
Burman to join Golden Bears
Lethbridge Pronghorns goaltender Taz Burman is set to join the Alberta Golden Bears for the '20-21 season, per sources.
Burman played each of the last 2 seasons with Lethbridge after 5 seasons between the WHL and BCHL.
— Victor Findlay (@Finder_24) May 9, 2020
The very reliable Victor Findlay reports on Twitter that Taz Burman (113 GP, 3.20 GAA, 0.897 save percentage, and a 44-37-6-4 record with the Red Deer Rebels, Swift Current Broncos and Seattle Thunderbirds from 2013-17) will be joining the University of Alberta Golden Bears. Burman had been a member of the now-defunct University of Lethbridge Pronghorns for the last two seasons playing in 26 games.