(ISN) – The Victoria Grizzlies have addressed scoring punch and front-line strength with a key move made Saturday at the B.C. Hockey League trade deadline.
The Grizzlies are pleased to announce the acquisition of 20-year-old forward Thomas Gobeil from the Cowichan Valley Capitals for future considerations. Gobeil is a 6-1, 220-pounder from St. Hubert, Que., and the right-hand shot had 13 goals and 11 assists in 25 games for the Capitals, a strong start to his first season in the BCHL. Prior to arriving on the West Coast, Gobeil played 155 games for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Chicoutimi Sagueneens and Val d’Or Foreurs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
“Thomas adds an element of size and scoring punch that will help us create a more dynamic offensive attack, and give us more flexibility on our top two lines to come up with a formula that produces goals,” said General Manager Craig Didmon. “We’re pleased to add Thomas to the Grizzlies family, and look forward to his hard work and contributions.”
To make room for Gobeil on the roster, the Grizzlies needed to move a 20-year-old and veteran forward Storm Wahlrab, 20, has been released. Every effort was made to find Wahlrab a new team. The Laguna Niguel, California product was in his second season with the Grizzlies, playing 73 games and picking up 10 goals and 24 points. This season, in 20 games, Wahlrab had four assists and 23 penalty minutes.
In another move, defenceman Justin Sadler has been traded to the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations. Sadler, 19, had two goals, five points and 12 penalty minutes in his rookie season. The 6-4, 205-pounder is from New Albany, Ohio. The Grizzlies have added local defenceman Tomba Huddlestan from the major midget South Island Royals. The 17-year-old, 6-2 and 180 pounds, has two goals, 12 points and 62 penalty minutes in his second season with the South Island Royals. He has also seen action with the Westshore Wolves of the VIJHL, suiting up for eight games with one goal, four points and 13 minutes in penalties.