West Kelowna Warriors head coach and general manager Rylan Ferster has had his GM’s hat on since the Warriors were eliminated from the BCHL playoffs by Penticton.
And the Warriors have now announced four player commitments from players that played midget AAA in Saskatchewan last season.
A trio of players come from the Prince Albert Mintos, the same minor hockey team current Warrior Matt Anholt played for, while a fourth comes from the Tisdale Trojans.
The list includes a shifty offensive player, a two way forward, a power forward and a goalie.
Kylar Hope tallied 12 goals, and nine assists in just 18 games played last year.
“Kylar is one of the slickest players that I have watched over the course of the year,” said Ferster, a Saskatchewan native himself.
Also committing to the Warriors from Prince Albert were forward Adam Osczevski, a two-way player that can really skate, and Tanner Bugrardt, a starting goalie the past two seasons with Prince Albert.
“Adam is a great skater that works hard every shift. He is a no nonsense guy that will bring a physical edge every night,” said Ferster. “Tanner has just plain and simple stopped pucks the last two years. His calm demeanor in the net is exactly what we were looking for.”
Power forward Connor Bucsis is a big player who at 6-foot-2 also has a very good offensive touch with 15 points in 16 games last year for Tisdale.
“Connor attended main camp last year and put together a very solid year in Tisdale,” added Ferster.
The players are expected to be in West Kelowna in mid-august for the beginning of Warriors training camp.