Medicine Hat, AB – Medicine Hat Tigers announced this afternoon they made two separate trades prior to the trading deadline at 3:00 p.m. today.
The Tigers sent 18-year-old forward Reid Petryk to the Everett Silvertip in exchange for the rights to 17-year-old Miles Koules who is currently with the U.S. National Under-18 team based out of Ann Arbour, Michigan.
The US National Team Development Program is the same program that produced current Tigers standout Emerson Etem prior to his arrival in Medicine Hat.
Koules, 5′ 10″, 188 lbs. is a native of Los Angeles, CA and is the son of former Tigers forward Oren Koules.
The right-winger has thirteen points in thirty-two games this season with the U.S. Under-18 team on three goals and ten assists. Last season, playing between the U.S. National Team Development Program in the USHL and the U.S. Under-17 Program, Koules played a total of sixty eight games collecting seventeen goals and sixteen assists for three points while spending forty two minutes in the penalty box. He picked up eight points with four goals and four assists in six games in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
During the 2009-10 season, Koules also followed in Etem’s footsteps by attending Shattuck St. Mary’s for their U16 program. He played fifty-three games with twenty goals and thirty-eight assists totalling fifty-eight points with twenty-six penalty minutes.