The Victoria Royals have acquired defenceman Will Warm from the Edmonton Oil Kings. In exchange, the Oil Kings will receive a fifth-round pick in the 2021 WHL Bantam Draft.
The product of Whistler, B.C. recently completed his third season in the Western Hockey League with the Oil Kings. In 33 games last season, Warm recorded two assists and 20 penalty minutes. The 20-year-old defender also suited up in 16 playoff games for Edmonton, where he helped his team reach the Eastern Conference Championship.
Over the course of his 153 regular season game WHL career, Warm has collected 38 points (10G-28A) along with 152 minutes in penalties with the Oil Kings.
The 6-foot, 177-pound blueliner was selected by Edmonton in the fifth round, 108th overall, in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
Limited to just 33 regular season games in 2018-19 due to a knee injury, Warm made the most of his time being sidelined by starting the initiative Will Warms the Community. His charitable spirit and generous nature manifested itself in efforts across the Greater Edmonton Community, most notably with Ronald McDonald House.
The reach of Will Warms the Community was so great, it eventually resulted in him being named the Oil Kings recipient of the team’s Humanitarian of the Year award and later the winner of the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy as the WHL Humanitarian of the Year. It marked the first time an Oil Kings player was bestowed with the WHL award in franchise history.