West Kelowna acquires forward in a swap with Pembroke in the CCHL

Warriors deal for Duclair

The West Kelowna Warriors have secured the playing rights to 19-year-old Chris Duclair in a swap of forwards with the CCHL's Pembroke Lumber Kings.

In exchange, the Warriors sent forward Cam Hicklin to the Lumber Kings.

If the name Duclair sounds familiar, it should. He is the younger brother of Florida Panther winger Anthony Duclair.

Last season, Duclair led the North American Hockey League's Odessa Jackalopes in goals (22), assists (20) and points (42) in 59 games.

Head coach Simon Ferguson described Duclair as a player who plays the game with great pace, speed and determination.

Duclair has a connection with the Warriors, having trained with current Warriors Justin Katz and Alexi Van Houtte-Cachero during the off season.

"It’s awesome to see some familiar faces on the team and I also feel comfortable with the coaching staff and management. The Warriors have a winning culture and they put a lot of emphasis on player development which is huge," said Duclair.

Hicklin spent two seasons with the Warriors, putting up eight goals and seven assists in 62 games.

Duclair and the rest of the team will gather for training camp early next month before opening the pre season Sept. 9.

AM1150 will broadcast a select number of West Kelowna Warrior road game this coming season

Hockey back on AM1150

It didn't take long for junior hockey to return to the AM 1150 airways.

The radio station and the West Kelowna Warriors announced Thursday morning a select number of road games will be broadcast during the 2022-2023 season.

Warriors president Chris Laurie says the partnership between the hockey club and the radio station will give fans better access to road games while expanding the team's footprint among local sports fans.

“We’re very excited to bring play by play of select West Kelowna Warriors games into the extensive sports schedule on AM 1150,” said Bell Media regional general manager Ken Kilcullen.

“Our team is impressed by the energy, community involvement and dedication to West Kelowna the Warriors bring along with an outstanding fan experience in the rink! We hope to add to that with the exposure that our group of stations bring (AM 1150. 99.9 Virgin Radio and 101.5 Move Radio)."

The deal represents the first ever radio partnership for the Warriors since their relocation from Langley in 2006.

The limited 13-game schedule begins with the regular season opener in Cowichan Valley Friday, Sept. 23. Among the games broadcast will be two games each in Penticton, Vernon and Salmon Arm.

AM1150 will be home to not only the Warriors, but also the Vancouver Canucks, World Junior Championships, the soccer World Cup, Okanagan Sun football and Seattle Seahawks football.

Chase Johnston will have the call of all Warriors games.

West Kelowna Warriors add a pair of forwards to their training camp roster

Warriors make more moves

The West Kelowna Warriors have been busy over the past several days adding to their roster for the upcoming season.

The Warriors announced today the addition of two 19-year-old forwards to their training camp roster.

Jake Bernadet has committed to the team for the upcoming season while Michael Salandra was acquired in a deal with the Danbury Junior Hat Tricks.

Bernadet played last season with the Islanders Hockey Club in the US Premier Hockey League. He had 15 goals and eight assists in 46 games.

Salandra scored 14 times and added 20 assists in 55 games with the Hat Tricks who play out of the North American Hockey League.

Both are expected to take the ice when the Warriors open training camp early next month.

West Kelowna Warriors sign overage defenceman for upcoming season

Warriors add to blueline

The West Kelowna Warriors have secured the services of Nolan Hayes for the upcoming BC Hockey League season.

The overage defenceman comes to the Warriors after playing one season with the Omaha Lancers in the US Hockey League this past season.

“We are very excited for Nolan to join the Warriors family,” said Warriors head coach and GM Simon Ferguson.

“Nolan is a skilled defenseman who can run the power play, kill penalties and defend against the best players in the league."

Hayes had a goal and four assists in 33 games with the Lancers last season.

The Boston native says he's thrilled to continue his hockey journey in West Kelowna.

“I want to continue to get bigger and stronger which will help me improve my game on both sides of the puck," he said.

Hayes and the Warriors will open training camp in early September before kicking off the pre season schedule Sept. 9 in Chilliwack.

West Kelowna Warriors get commitment from 19-year-old offensive defenceman

Warriors add defenceman

The West Kelowna Warriors have added some creativity to their back end.

The Warriors Friday announced they have received a commitment from blueliner Matthew Fusco.

The 19-year-old Westwood, MA native has played the past number of seasons with the USHS Prep program at Dexter Southfield School.

He had nine goals and 24 points in 24 games while serving as captain last season.

“We are very excited for Matt to join the Warriors family,” said Warriors head coach and GM Simon Ferguson.

“Matt has been a leader wherever he has played. He defends hard, has strong skating ability and a heavy shot “

He is committed to Dartmouth University once his junior career is finished.

Fusco's older brother John, also a defenceman, was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs two years ago.

Matt Fusco joins other new recruits including including defenceman Bobby May and forwards Kailus Green, Matthew Lee, Luke Devlin, Ben MacDonald, Jaiden Moriello and Felix Caron, for the upcoming season.

The Warriors will open training camp in early September.

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