The Swift Current Broncos made another deal with a U.S. Division club Tuesday, as the Spokane Chiefs joined forces with the defending Ed Chynoweth Cup Champions to make a five-player swap.
Heading to the Broncos are a trio of Albertans in 17-year-old forward Carter Chorney as well as the rights to 17-year-old forward Kye Buchanan and 15-year-old defenceman Devin Aubin.
In return, the Chiefs have acquired 19-year-old defenceman Noah King, the rights to 17-year-old goaltender Matthew Davis, and a conditional draft pick in the 2021 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
“To get players like Noah and Matthew, you have to part with someone,” said Chiefs General Manager Scott Carter. “Devin and Kye were unsigned players on our 50-man protected list.
“Carter has waived his no trade clause for the opportunity to be a key player up front moving forward. We wish them all the best moving forward.”
Chorney, a 6-foot-1, 172-pound product of Sherwood Park, Alta. was originally selected by the Chiefs in the second round, 39th overall, of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. He made his WHL debut during the 2017-18 WHL Regular Season and scored his first-career WHL goal on November 25, 2017 against the Regina Pats. Overall, Chorney has appeared in 68 WHL regular season games, posting 14 points (10G-4A), including a pair of short-handed goals and one game-winning goal.
As the Broncos continue to initiate a youth movement, Chorney should find himself with a larger offensive opportunity and become a leading player.
Buchanan is a 6-foot3, 187-pound product of Lethbridge, Alta. A champion in the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League last season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes Midget AAA, Buchanan recorded 18 points (10G-8A) in 33 games and one assist in 12 playoff games. This season, Buchanan has split his time between the St. Albert Midget AAA Raiders of the AMHL and the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
Another Midget AAA product is headed to the Broncos in the deal in the form of the defenceman Aubin. A 5-foot-7, 152-pound product of Falher, Alta., Aubin has played this season with the Grande Prairie Midget AAA Storm, recording three points (2G-1A) in 20 games. Aubin was named as the Alberta Major Bantam AAA Hockey League during the 2017-18 season and was subsequently selected by the Chiefs in the fourth round, 75th overall, of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.
In adding King, the Chiefs add a 6-foot-4, 200-pound defenceman from Winnipeg, Man. to their roster. King was originally selected by the Broncos in the 10th round, 210th overall, at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. Making his debut during the 2016-17 WHL Regular Season, King appeared in 65 games as a rookie with the Broncos during the 2017-18 WHL Regular Season, winning a WHL Championship.
“We are thankful for Noah and the services he brought to the team on and off the ice, said Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach Dean Brockman. “We are excited to work with Carter as he adds a key piece to our future.”
Overall, King has 95 WHL regular season games, posting 11 points (2G-9A), including one game-winning goal. King already has 33 games of WHL playoff experience under his belt as well, posting a single goal.
“We are excited to add Noah, who brings size and WHL championship experience to our back end,” added Carter.
The Chiefs also acquired the rights to the goaltender Davis in the deal. A 5-foot-11, 172-pound product of Calgary, Alta., Davis is a product of the Edge School Prep program in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League during the 2017-18 season. This season, Davis has been playing with the Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL, posting a 13-3-1-0 record, 1.70 goals-against-average, and a 0.925 save percentage along with two shutouts.
“In addition, Davis is a very good young goalie that our Assistant General Manager Chris Moulton holds in high regard,” continued Carter.
The Broncos are at home Tuesday, December 4 (7:00 p.m. CT) to the Prince Albert Raiders while the Chiefs are back in action Wednesday, December 5 (7:05 p.m. PT) on the road against the Everett Silvertips.