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The Prince George Spruce Kings would like to announce they have acquired 20 year old defenseman Tyler Anderson from the West Kelowna Warriors in exchange for 20 year old forward Braiden Epp.
The 6’4” 215 pound Anderson is from Niverville, Manitoba. Anderson spent all of last season with the Warriors where he won the Fred Page Cup, Western Canada Cup, and RBC Cup. In the regular season the defenseman had three goals and six assists for nine points in 58 games. During the playoffs, Anderson had one goal and seven assists in 35 games. Prior to playing with the Warriors, Anderson spent a season with the Kindersley Clippers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League where he had three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 48 games.
Braiden Epp was entering his fourth full season with the Spruce Kings after playing for the Cariboo Cougars and putting up 69 points in 38 games with the BCMML team. Graduating to the Spruce Kings, Epp has played in a total of 166 games, and recorded 80 points in that time. His best season came in 2014-15 where he had 43 points in 58 games. This year Epp has one goal and two assists in six games played.
“First off, we are very excited to acquire Tyler Anderson. He’s a big, strong, veteran defenseman who will play some big minutes for us and provide a ton of stability on the back end. He’s coming to us from a championship team last season and it’s a great thing anytime you can add players to your lineup who know how to win,” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes. “Secondly, it’s a difficult day anytime you trade a player who has been with your team as long as Braiden has been with us. Four seasons is a long time for any junior player to be with one team. Braiden and I have been through a lot and he is a great person who I think will thrive with this change of scenery in West Kelowna. I wish him nothing but success with his new team.”
The Spruce Kings would like to thank Braiden Epp for his time with the team, and wish him the best with the Warriors organization.