After being the 10th overall pick by the Moose Jaw Warriors in 2010, Carter Hansen was traded by the club.
The club announced the trade on Wednesday afternoon that Hansen was dealt to the Regina Pats for 19-year-old forward Jack Rodewald and a conditional pick in 2016.
“We think Rodewald is a good fit for our team, especially with his size and grittiness and where we are on the right side,” stated Warriors general manager Alan Millar. “I think this was a situation where we are quite deep down the middle. We felt that Hansen needed to play centre. We didn’t feel the opportunity was right for him or our team moving forward and we looked to get something in our lineup that we think could benefit us now.”
Hansen had seven goals and 16 points in 69 games last season with the Warriors. The 18-year-old from Craven just couldn’t find his niche with the team this year.
“Carter is a good kid. A lot of times you hear a kid needs a new start and sometimes in these situations, that is true and sometimes that is a bit of a stretch. In this case, I really think Carter needs a fresh start,” said Millar. “He started out well with us (then) stalled a bit in terms of his development and I think he has lost some confidence. I think he needs a fresh start and he will get that with the Pats.”
Rodewald is 6’2, 195-pound right-winger from Winnipeg, Man. and is entering his third Western Hockey League season. Last season, he had seven goals and 14 points in 56 games. In 126 regular season games, he has 26 points.
“When we were going through the process of looking to make a deal, we had an idea of what we would like to add to our team now and we thought the fit was right in terms of Rodewald. In terms of the way he plays the game, his size and that he is a right-winger and right shot. It just made sense,” said Millar. “I think the experience is good, but at the end of the day, really, in reality, him and Hansen have basically played the same amount of time in the league. I think it was the type of player that he is and the position that were key factors for us.”
The Pats coaches told Rodewald that he had been traded after practice on Wednesday. He understood the circumstances, as Regina has six 19-year-old forwards.
“I am excited. A fresh start on a team is always nice,” he said. “It is a little shocking when you make a trade in the division.”
The conditions on the 2016 pick are based on age, Millar explained.
“The pick is based on the fact that Hansen is a year younger and based on years of service,” he said. “So, if the Pats get an extra year of service out of Hansen in this deal, we are compensated with a pick.”
Millar wasn’t too worried about the Warriors/Pats rivalry when making the deal even though they will play each other eight times this season.
“I don’t usually get overly caught up in that when you are looking to make a deal. I think this was an instance from our end, where I think it is a good opportunity for Carter,” he stated.
Rodewald will be in the Warriors lineup on Friday evening (7 p.m., Mosaic Place) when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings in their home opener. Tickets are available at Mosaic Place box office or online at www.mjwarriors.com.
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