The Richardson Pioneer Weyburn Red Wings finished two trades on Wednesday this week, bringing in forward Max Monette from the Canmore Eagles, and defenecman Payton McDonald-Corea from the Grande Prairie Storm.
From Banff, Alberta, Monette is a 2003 born forward who played his first full season of Junior A hockey last year with the Canmore Eagles of the AJHL. In 54 games as an 18 year old, he put up 5 goals, 6 assists, good for 11 points and 32PIMs. He also played in all 11 playoff games that year, scoring his first Jr. A level goal.
Before that, Monette played prep league hockey with the Edge School Hockey just west of Calgary in the Canadian Sports School Hockey League (CSSHL). In two seasons of U18, Monette posted 9 goals, 7 assists, and 16 points in 27 games. In his 17 year old year that was shortened to just 6 games due to the pandemic, Monette was a point per game player with 3 goals and 3 assists.
McDonald-Corea joins the Red Wings as the fourth player on the team from St. Albert, Alberta, along with Ethan Whillans, Mathieu Gautier, and Matthew Reidy. Even though he’s only a 19-year-old born in 2003, he comes in with three years of Jr. A experience between the AJHL and BCHL before joining the Red Wings.
His junior career started in the 2019-2020 season when he played 40 games for the Olds Grizzlies, stayed with them through the next pandemic shortened season, and then went to BCHL for one game with the Penticton Vees in which he posted two assists, but spent most of last season in the KIJHL. This season, he played 7 games with the AJHL’s Grande Prairie Storm. In total, McDonald-Corea has posted 49 games at the Jr. A level in the BCHL and AJHL, scoring 2 goals, 6 assists, and 8 points overall, along with 163 penalty minutes.
Last year in the KIJHL with the Osoyoos Coyotes, McDonald-Corea posted over a point per game with 10 goals, 28 assists, and 38 points across 36 games while also leading the league in penalty minutes with 198. He also holds a U17 championship in the Alberta Elite Hockey League with the St. Albert Flyers.