ICE acquire Wegleitner from Wheat Kings in exchange for draft pick

Robert Murray


The Kootenay ICE and Brandon Wheat Kings added to the rise in trade action in the Western Hockey League over the past two days, making a deal to send forward Gunnar Wegleitner back to his home province.

Headed the other way in the deal is a conditional sixth-round draft pick at the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.

Gunnar provides some experience and additional depth at the forward position,” said ICE President and General Manager Matt Cockell. “We felt like we needed to add some flexibility at the forward position within our 1998 age group prior to the start of a what we expect will be a very competitive training camp for our team.”

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound product of Vancouver, B.C. comes to the ICE after amassing 112 games of WHL regular season experience with the Everett Silvertips, Victoria Royals, and Wheat Kings since the beginning of the 2014-15 WHL regular season. In those 112 games, he’s recorded 20 points (11G-9A), including a pair of game-winning goals.

A 19-point (10G-9A) season with the Wheat Kings in 2017-18 was highlighted by five multi-point games and a six-game point streak in October 2017.

In 11 career WHL playoff games, Wegleitner has added a single goal.

Kootenay ICE 2018-19 season seats are available. Get yours today by visiting the ICE Gear Store at Western Financial Place, by calling 250-417-0322 or by visiting

The Wheat Kings, who finished with a 40-27-3-2 record last season, will open up their 2018 training camp at Westoba Place in late August.

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