Warriors acquire D help

The West Kelowna Warriors have added some veteran presence on the blueline.

On Thursday, the BC Hockey League club acquired defenceman Cory Babichuk and future considerations from the Surrey Eagles in exchange for forward Chase Stevenson.

Babichuk, who will turn 20 at the end of September, split last season between the Eagles and Central Illinois Flying Aces in the US Hockey League.

He had a goal and 10 assists in 26 games between the two leagues. He played previously in Surrey during the 2016-2017 season, scoring six times and adding 25 assists in 47 games.

“Acquiring an elite defenseman is not easy, especially at this time of the year,” said Warriors head coach and GM Rylan Ferster.

“We feel we added a player who skates very well with a great amount of skill and brings plenty of experience to our blue line.” 

Babichuk has secured a scholarship at RPI when his BCHL career is done.

In Stevenson, the Warriors give up a player who spent two seasons in West Kelowna.

In 73 regular season games, Stevenson scored 22 goals while adding 21 assists.

Babichuk will be in West Kelowna when the club opens training camp Aug. 20.

The Warriors open the regular season with a home-and-home series with the Trail Smoke Eaters Sept 7 in Trail and Sept. 8 at Royal LePage Place.

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