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Spokane Chiefs Sign Winnipegger Michael Ladyman

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Larry Brunt

Early this week it was announced that the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs had signed 2001-born defenceman Michael Ladyman to a standard player agreement. 

Spokane Chiefs Sign Winnipegger Michael Ladyman

Ladyman – a 17-year-old blueliner out of Winnipeg who had originally been drafted by Regina in the fifth round of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft – was listed by the Chiefs in late 2017, prior to blowing up on the back-end with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Winnipeg Blues. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound defender totalled two goals, 23 points and 48 penalty minutes in 60 regular season contests for the Blues in 2017-18.

The former Winnipeg Twin and Monarch also spent time in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League in 2016-17, playing for The Rink Hockey Academy Nationals midget prep team. On top of his 10 regular season assists, Ladyman’s primary contribution for RHA came in the playoffs where he put up a goal, two assists and 10 penalty minutes in just four games.

After beginning the 2018-19 season in Winnipeg with a goal and nine points in eight games for the Blues, Ladyman drew back the attention of Spokane, who then decided on an appropriate course of action to sign the rearguard to a WHL deal. It didn’t take long for left-handed blueliner to see game action, drawing into the Chiefs’ lineup the following day, which just so happened to be a road test in his home province of Manitoba, as Spokane visited the Wheat Kings for their first matchup of the 2018-19 season.

Ladyman’s Chiefs handed Brandon its first regulation loss of the season, before shutting out the Pats 4-0 the following night in Regina. Wednesday evening’s contest in Saskatchewan was extra special for Ladyman, who collected his first WHL point, which came in the form of a third period assist against his former WHL club. 

Spokane faces off against the Saskatoon Blades and the Prince Albert Raiders on back-to-back Friday, Saturday road matchups this weekend, before returning home to Washington to host the Portland Winterhawks and Tri-City Americans the following weekend. 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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