November 21, 2013, Brandon, MB. (ISN) – With netminder Curtis Honey still out of action with an upper body injury, the Brandon Wheat Kings have made a move to provide a Western Hockey League back-up for rookie Jordan Papirny.
Wheat Kings’ general manager and head coach Kelly McCrimmon announced Thursday the acquisition of 18-year old goalkeeper Christopher Tai from the Lethbridge Hurricanes for a conditional eighth round draft choice in 2015.
A 5’9″ 175 lb. native of Delta, B.C., Tai is in his second WHL season and has appeared in eight of the ‘Canes games this season. After compiling a 3.87 goals against average in twelve games for Lethbridge last season, he has a 1-2-0 record and a 5.38 goals against mark in 2013-14.
Tai has joined the Wheat Kings and is expected to be dressed for this weekend’s 2-game series with the Ice in Kootenay.
With Honey out, Papirny has started nine consecutive games for the Wheat Kings. A former first round bantam draft choice,the 17-year old Edmonton native has posed a 6-2-1 record, a 2.87 goals against average and a .908 save percentage during that time.
Overall, Papirny has compiled a 7-5-1 record, a 3.16 goals against average and an .896 save percentage in fourteen appearances during the 2013-14 season.
The 13-11-1-0 Wheat Kings will play Friday and Saturday in Cranbrook, before returning home. Brandon’s next home game is Saturday, November 30th against the visiting Prince Albert Raiders at Westman Place.