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Oil Kings bolster forward core with acquisition of McIndoe from Chiefs

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The Edmonton Oil Kings have acquired forward Ethan McIndoe from the Spokane Chiefs. In exchange, the Chiefs will receive a fourth-round selection in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft and a fifth-round selection in the 2021 Bantam Draft.

Prior to Wednesday’s trade, McIndoe had spent the entirety of his WHL career as a member of the Chiefs after he was selected by Spokane in the third round, 58th overall, in the 2014 Bantam Draft.

The 20-year-old native of Camrose, Alta. registered a total of 140 points (70G-70A) in 286 career regular season and playoff games, combined. His 263 regular-season games tied him 27th overall in Chiefs franchise history.

“We are extremely happy that we were able to acquire Ethan from Spokane,” Kirt Hill, Oil Kings’ President of Hockey Operations and General Manager said. “Ethan is a true leader with a lot of valuable experience in the WHL.”

McIndoe wore an “A” as an alternate captain with Spokane last season, tallying 40 points (16G-24A) in 63 games during the 2018-19 campaign. He was a force during the 2019 WHL Playoffs, helping guide the Chiefs to the Western Conference Championship Series against the Vancouver Giants, notching 12 points (6G-6A) in 15 post-season games.

Known for his relentless work ethic and fierce competitiveness, the 6-foot-2, 176-pound left-winger was selected as the winner of the Chiefs’ Unsung Hero Award in 2017-18 and the Hardest Working Player Award in 2016-17.

“His work ethic, compete and ability to raise his level of play in big games were just a few of the reasons we were interested in him,” Hill said. “We look forward to welcoming Ethan back home to Alberta and introducing him to our group.”

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