The Red Deer Rebels have acquired former first-round WHL Bantam Draft pick Ben King from the Swift Current Broncos.
Headed to Swift Current in exchange for King is 2002-born forward Jordan Borysiuk, 2002-born forward Cohner Saleski, 2004-born forward Parker Lalonde, and a third-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.
King, a 17-year-old product of Vernon, B.C., was selected by the Broncos with the 13th overall pick at the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. In 71 career WHL regular season games, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound right winger has tallied 34 points (9G-25A).
Borysiuk was originally selected by the Rebels in the third round (63rd) of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. As for Saleski, he too came from the same 2017 bantam draft class, selected in the first round (17th) by the Prince Albert Raiders. As for Lalonde, he heard his name called in the sixth round (114th) at the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.
Borysiuk – from Mannville, Alta. – has skated in nine career WHL contests (1-1–2), while Saleski – a product of Saskatoon – has dressed in 10 games (0-2–2). Lalonde hails from Aberdeen, Sask., and is currently with the Saskatoon Blazers of the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League.
“We’re fortunate with this deal that we’re able to add two players to our lineup that can play big roles right away,” said Dean Brockman, Head Coach & Director of Hockey Operations for the Swift Current Broncos.
King was tied for the Broncos team lead in scoring with eight points (4G-4A) in 16 games played this season. He enjoyed a quality rookie campaign in 2018-19, registering 26 points (5G-21A) in 48 outings.
The Broncos return to action Friday night when they visit the Regina Pats at 7 p.m. ST. As for the Rebels, they will take to the ice at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon when they meet the Blades at 7 p.m. ST.