Just a head of the December 1st roster cut down day, Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan is proud to announce that the team has acquired 1997 born forward Rylee Zimmer (Russell, MB) from the Waywayseecappo Wolverines of the MJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights of Landon Gross (Pincher Creek, AB).
The team made the deal after Flin Flon acquired Gross from the Kindersley Klippers of the SJHL for 1996 born Holden Daley (Sherwood Park, AB).
“Zimmer is a kid that we’ve been looking at for quite some time now,” commented Reagan. “I was really impressed with him last year at the Team West camp last season for the World Junior A Challenge. He brings a great skill set to this club.”
This season with the Wolverines, Zimmer has 12 points (1g, 11a) in 14 games. Last year he had 36 points (10g, 26a) in 34 games which was good enough to make him a finalist for the MJHL Rookie of the Year.
After being drafted by the Regina Pats in the 5th round in 2012, Zimmer suited up for 44 games with the Pats in 2013-14.
“He’s going to add another offensive threat to our lineup,” added Reagan.
“Landon (Gross) we felt didn’t fit into the makeup of our team this season,” said Reagan on the 19 year old and why he didn’t keep him.
Kindersley gets the gritty young defenseman they needed this season in Daley. Daley was acquired by the Bombers from the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the AJHL earlier this season and In 20 games with Flin Flon he had 4 assists and 58 penalty minutes.
“Kindersley needed help on the blue line, we needed another young offensive weapon, and it worked out for everyone.”
Zimmer should be in Flin Flon today and will suit up this weekend when the Bombers host the Nipawin Hawks on Friday night.
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