Dalton Gally is on his way to the Okanagan.
The Kelowna Rockets acquired the 20-year-old defenceman from the Medicine Hat Tigers Wednesday in a bid to add experience to their roster as they search to stay in contention in the Western Conference. In return, the Tigers received a 10th round selection in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.
“We would like to thank Dalton for his years of service with the Tigers and wish him luck with his new team,” said Tigers General Manager and Head Coach Shaun Clouston.
Gally, a 6-foot-5, 227-pound left-shot defenceman from Eagle River, Alaska was originally selected by the Calgary Hitmen in the sixth round, 128th overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Since then, Gally has appeared in 135 WHL regular season games, all with the Tigers, posting 21 points (3G-18A).
The rear guard scored his first career WHL goal on January 27, 2017 with the Tigers. In five games this season, Gally had been held pointless.
“We had an opportunity to add another defenceman and with Zablocki out for at least 10 more days it was an opportunity to get a player in here and have a look at him,” said Rockets General Manager Bruce Hamilton. “We currently have five right-handed defenceman and we needed to get a left-handed guy in here to help out with some of the young players that are playing on their off-side. That’s the main reason why we’ve looked at this. He’s going to come in and we’re going to give him a chance to show us what he can do. He is a big, heavy guy that isn’t afraid to get involved physically which is something I think we need also.”
The Rockets are in action tonight, Wednesday, October 10 (7:05 p.m. PT), playing host to the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Tigers are back in action Friday, October 12 (7:30 p.m. MT) when they welcome the Prince George Cougars to the Canalta Centre.