The Spokane Chiefs announced a pair of trades today. The first, announced at 3:56 p.m. MST, saw 19-year-old Riley McKay moved to the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2019 and a seventh round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.
“It’s always a very tough choice to trade away a player like Riley,” said Chiefs’ general manager Scott Carter. “We feel this will give him the opportunity to play a bigger offensive role, which he has earned. He has been a great representative for our organization and we wish him the very best in Saskatoon.”
McKay, a Swan River Man. product, has played 113 games with Spokane over the last two seasons. In that time he recorded 22 points (7G-15A). The 6-foot-0, 209-pound forward is known for his physical presence, but can also contribute offensively. He was listed by Spokane in 2014.
“Riley is a player who is very hard to play against,” explained Blades general manager Colin Priestner. “We’ve admired his play for a long time and we feel he will add a lot of toughness and tenacity to our lineup. We are very excited to add him to our group of forwards.”
In a separate trade announced at 4:06 p.m. MST, the Chiefs acquired 18-year-old center Michael King from the Kootenay ICE. The Winnipeg Man. native recorded 15 points (8G-7A) for Kootenay last season. He totaled nine points in 66 games as a 16-year-old the season prior.
“Michael provides us depth up the middle as he has the ability to play center,” said Chiefs’ general manager Scott Carter. “He plays the game with speed and with an edge, and will be a good fit in our dressing room. We are very happy to welcome him to Spokane and the Chiefs’ organization.”
In return for the former seventh-round pick in 2015, the ICE receive a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.
“The ICE want to wish Michael all the best in Spokane and thank him for his contributions over two seasons with the ICE,” said Matt Cockell, President and General Manager of the Kootenay ICE.