Thursday, August 18, 2016

Rockets/Blazers make second trade in 10 months

Jake Kryski - Shoot the Breeze Photography
When Gage Quinney was traded to the Kamloops Blazers last October by the Kelowna Rockets for a third round bantam pick, it marked the first time in recent memory that these two arch WHL rivals were able to agree on a player swap.

No bickering? No hatred? No turmoil? Nope.

Fast forward just shy of 10 months later and the two sides are at it again.

The Rockets have acquired 18 year-old Jake Kryski from the Blazers for 19 year-old defenceman Joe Gatenby and his younger brother Danny. Gatenby was named the Rockets top defenceman last season and had a team best +31.

Kryski is entering his third season in the WHL after scoring 12 goals and collecting 39 points in 67 games last season. Originally a first round WHL bantam pick of the Prince Albert Raiders, Kryski was traded to the Blazers in a July 10/2013 deal that saw goaltender Cole Cheveldave and a 4th round bantam pick go to the Raiders.

Before playing in the WHL, Kryski played midget hockey with the Okanagan Rockets.
Highly touted in bantam, the 1998 born Kryski scored 59 goals in bantam hockey with the Burnaby Winter Club.

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