The West Kelowna Warriors has acquired forward Braiden Epp (’96) from the Prince George Spruce Kings in exchange for defensemen Tyler Anderson (’96).
Epp, 20, is a veteran of 166 career BCHL games and playing the last three seasons with the Prince George Spruce Kings. Epp has amassed 41 goals and 80 points over that span with the Spruce Kings, including 6 points in 19 playoff games with PG. Epp had his best season in 2014/15 where he collected 24 goals and 43 points in all 58 games of the regular season.
The Prince George, BC native has spent his entire hockey career up north, playing his Major Midget hockey with the Cariboo Cougars.
Anderson, 20, spent last season with the Warriors while appearing in every game with the club, collecting three goals and nine points over the course of 58 games. In 24 playoff games, the Niverville, Manitoba native had a goal and six points en route to a BCHL championship. He then went on to play 11 games between the WCC and RBC Cup Championship.
“Moving Tyler was tough,” commented Warriors head coach and general manager Rylan Ferster on dealing Tyler Anderson, “He is a quality person that has done everything we have asked of him. But in this business you have to give to get.”
“We needed a veteran forward and Braiden fits that role,” continued Ferster, “A gritty guy that has a nose for the net.”
In another move, the Warriors have traded defensemen Daly Hamilton (’98) to the Canmore Eagles in exchange for future considerations.
Hamilton, 18, appeared in three games with the Warriors this season with no points. The Calgary, Alberta native spent last season with the Calgary Flames Midget AAA team.
Epp will make his debut for the Warriors on Friday night when West Kelowna hosts the Penticton Vees. Puck drop is 7:00 PM at Royal LePage Place.