The Brandon Wheat Kings and Winnipeg ICE both made separate deals prior to Friday’s Canadian Hockey League Trade Deadline at 3:00 PM.
The Wheat Kings moved Jonny Hooker to Prince George in exchange for Reid Perepeluk, and Bode Hagan to Swift Current for a 2021 sixth round selection. Winnipeg added Manitoban Dawson Barteaux for an array of draft picks, while also shipping Brad Ginnell to Spokane in exchange for the Chiefs’ 2020 fourth round WHL Bantam Draft selection and Spokane’s 2021 sixth round pick.
The ICE acquired Barteaux in exchange for a 2020 second round pick, 2021 second round pick, 2021 fifth round pick, 2022 second round pick, a 2023 second round pick as well as a conditional 2023 third round pick in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
In picking up the veteran defenceman Barteaux, the ICE have made it clear that they are contenders looking to make a deep playoff push this spring. Barteaux, 19, of Foxwarren, is a sixth round selection of the Dallas Stars and has been serving as Red Deer’s captain. He has signed his NHL entry level contract and has seven goals and 23 points in 39 games this season.
“Dawson is a premier defender in the Western Hockey League.” said ICE President and GM Matt Cockell in a team-issued press release. “We look forward to adding Dawson to our line-up; he is a veteran defenceman who will play a significant role on our blueline.”
Ginnell, born in 2000, suited up for 138 career WHL games for the ICE over parts of three seasons, where he put up 29 goals and 68 points after moving on from the Portland Winterhawks where he began his Western League career.
“We would like to thank Brad for his contributions to the ICE organization and the great work he has done in the community, we wish him well in Spokane,” Matt Cockell said.
Hooker and Hagan leave Brandon with a combined eight goals and 17 points in 52 total games during the 2019-20 season. Perepeluk has four goals and nine points in 31 games for Prince George this season. Perepeluk is expected to make it to Brandon for Friday’s contest against the Moose Jaw Warriors at Westman Place.