The Victoria Royals and Red Deer Rebels swapped 19-year-old Jareds on Wednesday, with D Jared Freadrich heading to Vancouver Island and F Jared Dmytriw moving to Alberta. . . . Freadrich, from Camrose, Alta., was acquired by Red Deer from the Regina Pats early last season. He had one assist in three games with Regina, then put up six goals and 24 assists in 64 games with Red Deer. In 126 career regular-season games, he has 11 goals and 40 assists. He also has five assists in 19 playoff games. The Pats selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 bantam draft. . . . Dmyrtiw had 15 goals and 11 assists in 59 regular-season games with Victoria last season. In 181 career games, all with Victoria, he has 30 goals and 21 assists. In 26 playoff games, he added three goals and five assists. . . . From Craven, Sask., Dmytriw also was a fourth-round pick in the 2013 bantam draft.
The Vancouver Giants now have four goaltenders left on their roster after releasing Jacob Wassermann on Wednesday. Wassermann, 17, is expected to play a second season with the midget AAA Saskatoon Blazers. From Humboldt, Sask. He was an eight-round pick by the Giants in the WHL’s 2015 bantam draft. . . . Goaltenders still on the Giants’ roster are veterans Ryan Kubic, 19, and David Tendeck, 18, along with Todd Scott, 17, and Trent Miner, 16. . . . Kubic played in 56 games last season, going 15-32-6, 3.67, .895. Tendeck got into 22 games and was 5-14-0, 4.78, .856. . . . Scott, from Albertville, Minn., was taken by the Giants in the 10th round of the 2015 bantam draft. He saw time last season with the NAHL’s Coulee Region Chill (15 games), USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers (7) and the U-16 Omaha Lancers (3). . . . Miner, from Souris, Man., played last season with the midget AAA Brandon Wheat Kings. The Giants selected him in the first round of the 2016 bantam draft.
The Kootenay Ice are down to 29 players, including two goaltenders and 10 defencemen, as they prepare to play in a tournament in Kennewick, Wash., this weekend. . . . According to the roster posted on the WHL’s website, the Ice has two goaltenders on its roster — Mario Petit, 20, who was acquired from the Everett Silvertips during the offseason, and Jesse Makaj, 16, who was a second-round selection in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. Last season, Makaj, who is from North Vancouver, B.C., played with the major midget Vancouver-Northwest Giants. . . . Interestingly, Taking Note was told on Wednesday that G Jakob Walter, 18, who got into 30 games with the Ice last season, left early in training camp, even though he was expected to challenge Petit for the starting job. Last season, Walter was 4-17-2, 5.02, .868.
Meanwhile, the Ice has signed F Sebastian Streu, who will turn 18 on Nov. 22. Streu was born in Neuwied, Germany, and has dual Canadian-German citizenship so doesn’t count as an import player. Last season, he had three goals and 12 assists in 26 regular-season games with the RB Hockey Akademie in the RBHRC U-18 league in Europe. (RBHRC stands for Red Bull Hockey Rookies Cup.) He also played for Germany at the U-18 IIHF World championship (Division 1 Group A), recording two goals and three assists in five games. . . . His father, Craig, is from Biggar, Sask., but has played and coaches in Europe since 1992. He now is the manager and assistant coach with the Vienna Capitals of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. When Sebastian was born, Craig was playing for EHC Neuwied in Germany’s DEL 2.
Dwayne Roloson his signed on as a consulting coach with the Victoria Royals. Roloson spent last season as an assistant coach with the Shawnigan Lake School’s midget varsity and bantam prep teams of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League. . . . With the Royals, Roloson will work with goaltending coach Lynden Sammartino and the organization’s goaltenders. Roloson will work with the other coaches in the area of skill development. . . . A native of Simcoe, Ont., he was a goaltending consultant with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks for three seasons (2013-16). . . . Roloson, 47, played for 14 seasons in the NHL and played for Canada in three IIHF World championships.
The Brandon Wheat Kings have added Aaron Rome and Dave Lewis to their staff as skills coaches. They will work alongside head coach David Anning, assistant coach Don MacGillivray and goaltending coach Tyler Plante. . . . Rome, who played in the NHL and WHL, was with the Wheat Kings last season as a full-time assistant coach, but will there this season on a part-time basis. Rome, 33, is from Nesbitt, which is just south of Brandon. . . . Lewis played for the Brandon U Bobcats and is a long-time minor hockey coach. He is the head instructor at The Hockey Factory, which, according to a news release, “provides specialized training in a number of skills, including speed, acceleration, transition and agility.” He is the father of Wheat Kings F Ty Lewis. . . . As well, the Wheat Kings have added equipment manager Scott Hlady, 42, on a full-time basis. Hlady, a former Wheat Kings defenceman, has filled the position on a part-time basis for four seasons.
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