The NOJHL Soo Thunderbirds have traded former Vernon Vipers forward Branden Wagner to the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Grande Prairie Storm.
Wagner started the season with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks before being traded to the Thunderbirds on October 7th 2015.
Wagner was pointless in six games this season with Salmon Arm, played parts of one season in Vernon (2014-15) before being traded to Salmon Arm on December 1st 2014. Wagner who was recruited by the Vipers played in just 24 games collecting (3-goals-1-assist-4-points).
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Storm announce player movement
Posted October 22nd, 2015
The Grande Prairie Storm would like to announce that they have completed 3 trades as well as had 2 other player movements in the past couple of days. The following trades have happened:
Oct. 19, 2015: The Storm trade Brett Doiron (96) to the Woodstock Slammers (MHL)
Oct. 20, 2015: The Storm acquire Oliver Trachsel (97) from the Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL)
Oct. 22, 2015: The Storm acquire Branden Wagner (96) from the Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)
Coach/GM Kevin Higo: "It has been a busy week for player movement as the team battles through player injuries. At this point we have 6 regulars out of the line up and all of them will be out 2-3-4 weeks. So we needed to add players and make sure they were players we felt could come in and contribute. Trachsel is a big body forward that can play in many different situations. He skates well for a 6'3" player and will give us some added size up front. He comes from a very strong Iowa Wild U18 program and has had a good start to his Junior career. Wagner is a strong 2 way forward that is good on face offs and the penalty kill. Both of those areas we were trying to upgrade. He has played over 60 Junior A games and was the captain of his Kelowna Midget AAA team. We came to a mutual agreement with Brett Doiron for him to move back closer to home and wish him the best of luck in Woodstock. All of the moves were for futures."
The Storm also have released Sheldon Hubbard to the Peace River Navigators (NWJHL) so he can continue his schooling and work. As well have released Jack Lofroth from the roster.
Oliver Trachsel and Branden Wagner are expected to arrive in Grande Prairie on Thursday and be in the line up this weekend when the Storm host the Bonnyville Pontiacs.