The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Waywayseecappo Wolverines and the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Lloydminster Bobcats have combined for an inter-league trade involving forward Josh Peppler.
The 19-year-old product of nearby Langenburg, SK. says he is excited to make the move to Wayway – which is situated roughly 60 kilometres east of his Saskatchewan hometown.
“I have a lot of family and friends that can come out to my games now, so I’m pretty excited for that,” the 2002-born forward said in a team-issued news release. “I’ve talked to (head coach) Taylor Harnett and I’m ready to compete and help out the team for this upcoming season. I’ve talked to a few of the guys on the team already and they say it’s going to be a good year, so I’m pumped.”
The trade saw Peppler go to the Wolverines in exchange for what the border-town Bobcats originally called ‘future considerations’ in negotiations moving forward. It was then announced that Wayway sent the rights to Zafir Rawji to Lloydminster.
Peppler played his minor hockey in Yorkton, skating for both the AA Terriers and AAA Maulers in U-15 and U-18, before moving to the Prince Albert Mintos for his final year of U-18 AAA. With the Mintos, the playmaking speedster amassed 12 goals, 30 points and 36 penalty minutes in 44 games.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound winger has skated in a handful of junior games between the SJHL’s La Ronge Wolves and the AJHL’s Lloydminster Bobcats.
“After doing an extensive evaluation we are extremely excited about his skillset,” coach Harnett said of the recently acquired Peppler. “He possesses great foot speed and has the ability to provide optimal offence.”
Wayway put up a 7-3-0 record in 10 games of the 2020-21 MJHL season, finishing first in the West Division prior to the COVID-19 pandemic cutting the season significantly short.