Warriors roster locked in

Rylan Ferster has finished tinkering with his roster.

The West Kelowna Warriors head coach/GM made a few more moves this week in advance of Friday's BCHL trade deadline and proclaimed Thursday the 22 man roster was set.

The Warriors added two defencemen and two forwards prior to the deadline - moving two defencemen in the process.

In are 20-year-old defencemen Braden Pears and Ryan Fraser-Lee plus forwards Nathan Craft, 19 and Devon McAndrews, 18.

To make room the Warriors moved defencemen Taylor Graham, 20 and Zane Shartz, 19.

"Time will tell if these are the right moves” says Ferster.

“We won’t know until the end of the year where we’re at, but feel we’ve upgraded in some areas.”

A lot of that improvement came on the back end.

"We're older. Our back end is older and our back end is more experienced. We've added a pretty good piece in Braden Pears, a puck moving defenceman and a guy (Fraser-Lee) with Royal Bank Cup experience."

Fraser-Lee was picked up as a free agent after being released by the Surrey Eagles earlier in the season when he suffered an injury.

Ferster says he's ready to go.

Excluding the deadline week deals, Ferster and the Warriors made six trades within the CJHL and three other moves to acquire forwards Tyson Dallman (WHL), Jason Cotton (USHL) and Ryan Ivey (USHL).

"I've always said hockey is a great game, but a terrible business. It's really tough to trade guys. It's not fun but unfortunately it's part of our business," says Ferster who adds it's been a tough week for him.

"I've had two really, really long days here on the phone and I'm not able to go on the ice and that's the fun part of the job. You want to go on the ice and be with your kids and teach and coach but you wear two hats so for two days I missed going on the ice."

Many of the new players will be in the line-up tonight when the Warriors host the Coquitlam Express.

The Warriors come into Friday's game riding a five game unbeaten streak.

They sit third in the Interior Division, a point in back of Vernon and seven behind division leading Penticton.


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