The Portage Terriers are fully in ‘regular season mode’ having pulled the trigger on two trades over the past 24 hours. On Tuesday, head coach and general manager Blake Spiller announced that the team had made two moves in wasting little time trading away a veteran, just after picking up a young, second-year forward, which he hopes is in the lineup for the team’s first preseason game on Friday at Stride Place at 3:00 PM.
First, the team acquired 17-year-old forward Rhys Raeside from the Winnipeg Blues in exchange for future considerations, before sending 2000-born forward Colby Wolter to the Waywayseecappo Wolverines – also in exchange for future considerations. In both instances, the players moved should garner significant opportunity to play in expanded roles.
Raeside spent the past season suiting up with the Blues, following a year playing for the Pacific Coast Academy Bantam Prep of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (2018-19) and a season of high school hockey with Dakota Collegiate. With Winnipeg in 2019-20, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Winnipegger put up 16 goals and 36 points in 47 league games, prior to signing with the Western Hockey League’s Winnipeg ICE in February. He skated in five WHL games this past March.
Wolter, 20, joined the Terriers for the start of the 2019-20 season after spending the past five years in his native Alberta. Despite missing significant time due to injury, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound forward scored three goals and six points in 14 regular season games for Portage, following a 59-game season with the Olds Grizzlys that saw Wolter put up eight goals, 28 points and a whopping 166 penalty minutes.
“Raeside projects to be a top-six forward; he is a power forward with a scoring touch,” Portage’s Blake Spiller said in a team-issued news release. “It will also be a good opportunity for Wolter in Waywayseecappo,” Spiller added. “He has played for (Wolverines head coach) Taylor Harnett before.”