After picking up fellow overager Dom Schmiemann from Tri-City earlier this week, Brandon needed to reshuffle its deck, in order to maintain the league mandated maximum of three overage players on its active roster for the 2019-20 hockey season. GM Darren Ritchie and the Wheat Kings moved Glenboro product Wytinck to the Pats, taking back a fifth round selection in the 2022 WHL Bantam Draft.
Wytinck suited up for 169 games for the Wheat Kings over four seasons, collecting 10 goals, 70 points and 74 total penalty minutes. Schmiemann has dressed in 202 WHL contests, split between the Swift Current Broncos, Calgary Hitmen and Tri-City Americans, in which the 6-foot-4, 200-pound defenceman has amassed seven goals, 38 points and 273 penalty minutes.
“We would like to thank Zach for his many contributions on and off the ice,” said GM Darren Ritchie in a team-issued press release. “He has been a great ambassador for the Wheat Kings’ organization since he arrived three years ago.”
“We are glad to add Zach to our backend,” Pats GM John Paddock added. “He is a steady presence on the blueline with some good offensive ability.”
Alongside Schmiemann, fellow overage players starting netminder Jiri Patera and team captain Connor Gutenberg round out the Wheaties’ 20-year-olds for the season. Brandon resumes play on Friday as the Saskatoon Blades roll into town. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 PM at Westoba Place.