Warriors add defenceman in a deal with Fort McMurray of AJHL

Reid Simmonds dealt from West Kelowna for veteran blueliner

The Warriors have traded Reid Simmonds for defenseman Taylor Graham (left) from the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

The West Kelowna Warriors have traded forward Reid Simmonds (93) to the Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) for defenseman Taylor Graham (93).

Graham, who is listed at 6’0 and 180 pounds, played in 56 games for the Oil Barons last year and tallied 5 goals, and 21 assists.

Simmonds put up back-to-back 19 point seasons with Warriors, playing in 53 games each of the last two years. He also had five goals in the last playoff run with West Kelowna.

“We felt we really needed to add a veteran defenseman that could play in all situations,” said Warriors head coach/GM Rylan Ferster. “They are very hard to find and even harder to acquire. Taylor will be this guy for us next year.”

Ferster said it’s always hard to trade away good players.

“Unfortunately, you have to give up an important piece to acquire one,” he said. “Reid was with us for two years and had been one if our most consistent forwards night in and night out. We want to thank him for his contributions to the program and wish him luck with his new team.”

Graham will be in town mid-August for the start of Main Camp.

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