The Westside Warriors have firmed up their goaltending situation for the 2012-13 B.C. Hockey League season.
The Warriors this week announced that Tyler Briggs is the club’s first acquisition of the blockbuster deal that sent veteran defensemen Izaak Berglund and Michael King to the AJHL’s Lloydminster Bobcats on January 10.
Briggs had a sizzling 2011-12 campaign, pacing the Bobcats with a 20-2-5 record that included a .914 save percentage, a 1.98 goals against average, and four shutouts. The Sherwood Park, Alta. native also led Canada West to a gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge this past season.
“Adding a goalie like Tyler will bring stability to a position that we struggled with last year until the arrival of Dwayne Rodrigue,” says Warriors Head Coach/GM Rylan Ferster.
“I have personally watched Tyler since midget. Not only has he been a top goalie at every level, but he also has gold medal to his name that he won last year at WJAC.”
Briggs will arrive in West Kelowna in time for training camp in late August.
The Warriors seventh annual Spring Camp opens this Friday. Camp has been booked solid for months as 160 aspiring hockey players from across North America are expected to West Kelowna.
Ice sessions/games begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning and run through the day until 10 p.m. Saturday also runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday the Top Prospects of camp will play in the annual Black and White game at 2 p.m. Attendance is free at Royal LePage Place.
Several Warriors players from this year’s team will be helping out throughout the weekend as well.