Tuesday, 8 November 2016

TRADE: Canes Deal Burke to Moose Jaw

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Tuesday that the team has acquired forward Ryan Bowen, a second round draft pick in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft as well as a conditional draft pick in 2019 in exchange for forward Brayden Burke.

Bowen, 17, will turn 18 on December 10th. The 1998-born right-winger has recorded 12 points (5g-7a) in 18 games this season with the Warriors along with a plus-5 rating and nine penalty minutes. In 90 career WHL games with Moose Jaw, Bowen has registered 27 points (14g-13a) with 28 penalty minutes.

Bowen was originally drafted in the fifth round (94th overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft by the Warriors. The Penticton, BC product played in 53 games in the 2014-2015 season with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League where his scored 28 points (10g-18a) along with 31 penalty minutes.

“There’s a number of things that have happened over an extended period of time and we just felt it was time to make a move and kind of shake up our group. We know Burke is a good player but it was time for us to move on,” said Hurricanes General Manager, Peter Anholt. “We’re real pleased with adding Ryan Bowen who is a big kid with real good skill and has some upside for us and along with a couple draft picks too.”

Burke appeared in 128 games as a Hurricane after being acquired from the Red Deer Rebels in 2014-2015. In his 128 games, the Edmonton product registered 166 points (39g-127a) along with a plus-27 rating. He had a career high 109 points (27g-82a) in 2015-2016 while being named as to the WHL East Second All-Star Team.

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)



  1. I know I'm not a hockey genius but WTF? Or am I kinda wrong here? Team isn't scoring goals so trade our points leader? What am I missing here?

  2. Having been in the business, if there is one thing I know it's that there is always a story that will never be made public, that sometimes a trade isn't about what's best for the team but more importantly what is best for the player and that the keyboard warriors will speculate with their rumors and everyone else will take that speculation as gospel truth.

    I wish Burke all the best with the Warriors.

  3. Rumours around the rink for a few weeks now suggest he was part of the problem on and off the ice as well as in the dressing room. Whatever the case was he was a good hockey player on this team. The problem I have with this trade is it does nothing for the teams biggest problem and that is defence. Surely we could have gotten a top 2 or at least top 4 d-man for him. instead we get maybe a top 6 forward that is on the injury report and listed as week to week so who knows how long he will be out for. Hope the rest of team wakes up and starts playing quality hockey again.

  4. I don't think it's a secret that there were off-ice issues on the last west coast swing. I agree with KAOS & Anonymous, there's a reason we don't see/hear the reasons why a talented player is traded. (I won't print the rumours I heard. I'll leave them as rumour). Personally, I like what GM Anholt had to say about "team first" & how hard the tram had worked to return to respectability. If he thinks Burke was a negative influence on the team, then I agree, they've too hard to let it be ruined by a selfish player. (Not a good situation for an undrafted player who was given an opportunity by our GM).

  5. And now point-per-game Zaharichuk has been reassigned to AJHL Drumheller??!!

    What is going on with this team and its managers?

    1. Wrong question. How about asking "What's wrong with these players who act like punks on the road trips?"

  6. Remember, Anholt is the reigning WHL GM of the year... he has a difficult job this year with MANY players breaking BOTH team rules and the law... in my opinion, Anholt was still classy and didn't reveal the REAL reason for the Burke trade, the WHL should have thanked him for this, rather than give him a fine...