The Spokane Chiefs took the first step toward slimming down their roster Tuesday by trading defenseman Cole Wedman to the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The Warriors compensated Spokane with a fourth-round selection in next year’s Western Hockey League bantam draft.
Wedman played in 181 games with the Chiefs over three seasons, totaling eight goals and 21 assists. He was the Chiefs’ sixth-round selection in the 2009 bantam draft.
The Chiefs ended their 2013-14 campaign with six players on their roster – including Wedman – who are approaching their 20-year-old seasons. WHL teams are limited to carrying three 20-year-olds on their roster.
Spokane’s other upcoming 20-year-olds are forwards Liam Stewart, Marcus Messier, Carter Proft and Connor Chartier, and defenseman Reid Gow.
“The WHL overage restriction number was the motivation for this trade,” Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz said. “With Reid Gow being our captain, and with the strength of our young defensemen, we felt the trade was a necessary step for us as well as for Cole.”
Wedman posted on Twitter: “A big thanks to (the) Chiefs for a great three years of my life. Thank you to my teammates, friends, family, coaches, trainers and billets for all the support throughout my years in Spokane. Once a Chief, always a Chief. Now I’m excited for the next chapter with (the) Warriors.”