(ISN) – The West Kelowna Warriors started off 2015 with a bang, pulling the trigger on a pair of deals to bolster their blue line moving forward.
The first deal saw forward Michael Buonincontri (94) and defenseman Greydon Robinson (96) traded to the Prince George Spruce Kings in exchange for defenseman Tyler Kunz (94).
Kunz, from Whitecourt, AB, is a veteran of 150 Junior A hockey games, spending time in the AJHL with Spruce Grove and Lloydminster for 143 games, and then 7 with Prince George.
In those 150 games, Kunz has put up 22 goals and 40 assists, and wore a letter for the Bobcats the last two seasons.
Buonincontri was acquired early on this season and 12 goals and 16 assists in 30 games with the Warriors. He started this season with the Spruce Kings, putting up 3 points in 2 games.
As for Robinson, the Calgary, AB native had 4 goals and 7 assists in 24 games after being recruited from the Calgary Royals Midget AAA program.
In a separate deal Friday, the Warriors sent the CJHL playing rights to forward Devon McAndrews (95) to Grande Prairie of the AJHL in exchange for defenseman Braeden Jones (94).
Jones has spent time between the BCHL and AJHL similar to Kunz, however he has played in 44 games with Trail, and 59 with Grande Prairie.
In 103 games, the 20-year-old from Edmonton has 4 goals and 22 assists.
“It’s never easy trading players,” said Head Coach and General Manager Rylan Ferster, “but we felt it was necessary to get a little older and experienced on the back end to make a run down the stretch in this tight division.”
McAndrews is currently playing for the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL.
The Warriors would like to thank Michael and Greydon for their contributions to the program, and would like to welcome Tyler and Braeden to the club.###