The Winkler Flyers and Humboldt Broncos hit it off last week and carried that excitement forward to the tune of three separate Canadian Junior Hockey League inter-league deals over the past number of days.
First, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Flyers acquired 2001-born forward Quinton Hill from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Broncos in exchange for future considerations. Later, Winkler added 2002-born netminder Charles-Anthony Barbeau from Humboldt – also for future considerations.
The teams then put their collective heads together on a deal that saw the Flyers send the CJHL playing rights to 2001-born forward Colton Friesen, alongside future considerations to Saskatchewan in exchange for Humboldt’s 2001-born forward Kolton Shindle.
These deals, in one way or another, will give older-aged players an opportunity of dressing in a full season of Junior ‘A’ hockey, as the SJHL still has not come up with a return-to-play date for the start of the 2020-21 season, as concerns continue to well surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The centrepiece for the Flyers is the 19-year-old Shindle, who spent the past two seasons with the Portage Terriers, before heading to Humboldt as part of a ‘future considerations’ deal with Portage in advance of the RBC Cup that never occurred due to COVID-19. With two years of MJHL eligibility left on his resume, the 5-foot-10, 195-pound forward is set for another productive season within his home province.
The Carman product has suited up in 107 regular season games within the MJHL, scoring 38 times and adding 46 assists, to go along with 183 penalty minutes. He also has three goals, eight points and 20 penalty minutes in 18 postseason games with the Terriers. In 2019-20, Shindle put up 21 goals, 47 points and 107 penalty minutes in 59 contests.
Barbeau, 18, is a product of St-Remi, Quebec, and has played the past two years within Quebec’s minor hockey and high school hockey system. He earned the ‘Best Goaltender’ for Westlake at the Alma Tournament last year, prior to earning the 2019-20 ECEL Top Goaltender of the Season award. In 21 games, he put together a 3.01 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.
Hill, 19, is a forward from Port Coquitlam, BC., and spent the 2019-20 season suiting up for the SJHL’s Weyburn Red Wings. He scored three times while adding eight assists and 12 penalty minutes in 49 regular season games. Prior to joining Saskatchewan’s Junior ‘A’ league, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound winger played two seasons of AAA U-18 hockey with the Vancouver NE Chiefs in the BC U-18 Hockey League.