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Warriors 'D' gets extreme makeover

The Westside Warriors blueline will have a decidedly different look when the team steps onto the ice against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Friday at Royal LePage Place.

Coach and general manager, Rylan Ferster was busy as the BCHL trade deadline came and went Tuesday evening, dealing captain Izaak Berglund along with defence-mates Michael King and Klay Katchur in a pair of moves.

Berglund, 20 and King, 18 were dealt to the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior League for future considerations while Kachur, 20, was sent to the Battlefords North Stars in exchange for 18-year-old blueliner Chris Toneff.

In a separate move the Warriors claimed defenceman  Mathew Berry-Lamontagna, 18, off waivers from the Western Hockey League's Prince Albert Raiders.

In moving King and Berglund the Warriors send away their top two scoring defencemen who have combined for eight goals and 35 points over the course of the season.

Lloydminster made the deal as they beef up their back end for what they hope is a long playoff run.

The Warriors, who have struggled much of the season, also get younger with the acquisition of Berry-Lamontagna and Toneff plus the future considerations coming from Lloydminster.

Westside also has future considerations coming from Cowichan in a prior deal which sent Richard Vanderhoek to the Capitals.

"We certainly want to thank Izaak, Michael, and Klay for their contributions to our hockey club" says Ferster. 

"They’re all great individuals and great hockey players, and we wish them all the best."

The Warriors expect to have their new acquisitions in the line-up this weekend when they host Salmon Arm Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.

With the trading of Berglund the Warriors are now without a captain.

The club will announce a new captain Wednesday.



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