The Richardson Pioneer Weyburn Red Wings were busy all the way up until the 6:00pm trade deadline on January 10, moving out a few players and bringing in two more. Overall, the Red Wings brought in Carter Briltz out of the WHL as well as Max Henderson out of Alberta Jr. B, and sent away three players in Ethan Whillans, Sam Boldt, and Boston Gelowitz.
Starting with the additions, the Red Wings reacquired the rights to 18 year old forward Carter Briltz from the La Ronge Ice Wolves. With Briltz playing in the WHL with the Victoria Royals, the Red Wings traded Briltz’s SJHL rights to the Ice Wolves earlier this year when acquiring Ryley Morgan.
“He’s a big kid that skates well, he’s been playing in one of the best leagues in the world so we’re expecting he’ll come in and make an impact. He’s an 18-year-old, still has lots of growth and development left for him but he’s going to be a guy that will contribute down the stretch here,” says Head Coach and GM Cody Mapes.
Also on trade deadline day, the Red Wings have recalled 19 year old forward Max Henderson from the North West Calgary Athletic Association (NWCAA) Stamps in Calgary’s Jr. B League. There he sits in third place on the team in scoring with 12G-11A-23P in 17 games. Henderson is the twin brother of Nolan Henderson currently with the Red Wings, and Max started the season with the Red Wings through their first two games, also scoring a goal for the Red Wings in pre-season.
“It’s a natural fit with his brother being here, a lot of the guys already know him, he’s a big kid that can really skate, he adds a little bit more grit and depth to our group and so we’re excited to add him. Once he’s caught up to speed, I think he’s going to be able to provide a bit of depth and scoring in the bottom part of our lineup.”
With two forwards coming in, the Red Wings were up to 25 players on their 23 man roster and needed to move some guys out. The Red Wings moved 19 year old defenceman Sam Boldt to the Dauphin Kings in exchange for a player development fee, which made room for another forward on the roster. 20 year old forward Ethan Whillans was then traded to the Niverville Nighthawks, also of the MJHL, for a player development fee.
Boston Gelowitz, although on a Jr. B card, had his rights moved to the Battlefords North Stars. That leaves the Red Wings with three goaltenders in Dazza Mitchell, Matt Schoephoerster, and Eric Kahl who’s currently on leave with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL.