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Defenceman will bring experience and stability to back end

The Moose Jaw Warriors made their first trade of the off-season.

Cole Wedman was traded to the Moose Jaw Warriors from the Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday.

The Warriors have traded for 20-year-old defenceman Cole Wedman from the Spokane Chiefs for a conditional fourth round pick in the 2015 Bantam Draft.

“I just think we needed some experience back there,” said Mike Stothers, head coach of the Warriors. “I think we have a good young core and you need that veteran presence and stability that I think Cole will bring to the organization.

The 6’3, 175-pound Edmonton, Alta. native will be entering his fourth and final season in the Western Hockey League.

“You can never have enough experience on the back end. I think it is going to be huge for us. He gives us some size too,” said Stothers. “With talking to Spokane’s coach, he describes him as reliable, dependable and real game savvy — reads and understands the game well.”

Last season, he had three goal and 13 points with 67 penalty minutes in 62 games with the Chiefs.

He has 181 career WHL games with 29 points over the three years. However, the Warriors were not focused on the digits Wedman posted, but rather the veteran experience he can bring to the back end and the team as a whole.

“It is not always about numbers with an overage defenceman,” he said. “I am not comparing him to Kendall (McFaull), but what Kendall brought to our organization and our team was a lot of things that people didn’t realize because he was just a steady guy that did his job. It is just a good thing to have and will make our young guys better and feel more secure about their situation on the ice and feel more confident in their abilities.”

This move gives the Warriors four overage players on their roster with forwards Jack Rodewald, Tanner Eberle and Scott Cooke.

“Right now we have four and there is a lot to be played out during the course of the summer,” said Stothers. “It is one of those situations where now it gives us some direction and confidence in a position that we were feeling really good about anyways. If you can get a quality OA (overage) and do it early than try and search as the season goes on … I think it just adds more stability to the lineup.”

After the trade was announced, Wedman posted on Twitter, “A big thanks to (the) Chiefs for a great three years of my life. Thank you to my teammates, friends, family, coaches, trainers and billets for all the support throughout my years in Spokane. Once a Chief, always a Chief. Now I’m excited for the next chapter with (the) Warriors.”

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Organizations: Western Hockey League

Geographic location: Spokane, Edmonton

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