Warriors add veteran forward

The West Kelowna Warriors have added a veteran forward as the BC Hockey League trade deadline nears.

The Warriors acquired 20-year-old forward Daniel Gayle from the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League Wednesday.

In exchange for Gayle, the Warriors sent 18-year-old rookie forward Jetlan Houcher and future considerations to the Oil Barons.

Gayle had nine goals and 18 assists in 35 games with the Oil Barons this season.

Prior to joining the Oil Barons, Gayle spent two-and-a-half seasons in the Western Hockey League with Moose Jaw and Calgary.

In 162 games he had 24 goals and 46 assists.

Houcher played 35 games with the Warriors scoring five times and adding five assists.

The trade deadline for transactions between leagues is 6 p.m. Thursday. The deadline for trades within the BCHL is 8 p.m.

Deals made Thursday cannot be announced until Friday morning.

Prior to the deal for Gayle, Warriors head coach/GM Rylan Ferster said he was happy with his club but at the same time will listen to offers than will make his team better.

Ferster says he would have liked to see his team at full strength prior to the trade deadline, however, the team has battled injuries all season long with two and sometimes three top six forwards out at any one time.

Forwards Ambrose Firkus (wrist) and Brett McKinnon (concussion) and Brent Lashuk are all sidelined with no definitive timetable for their return.

Defenceman Adam Plant is also out with a concussion.

The Warriors will be back in action this weekend.

They host the Powell River Kings Friday at Royal LePage Place before travelling to Trail Saturday.

The Warriors are third in the Interior Conference, six points in back of second place Merritt and just a point better than fourth place Salmon Arm.


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