The Brandon Wheat Kings have opted to trade away hometown product Ty Thorpe to the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a 2023 conditional sixth round Western Hockey League Bantam Draft selection.
The 19-year-old stands six feet tall and tips the scales at 180 pounds. Originally selected in the third round by the Victoria Royal in 2017, he was dealt to Brandon where he chose to sign and begin his junior career.
“After speaking with Ty numerous times over the summer, it was decided that a different opportunity would help him further his hockey career,” Wheat Kings’ GM Doug Gasper said of the situation. “We thank Ty for all his contributions both on and off the ice and wish him the best with Vancouver.”
Thorpe has since skated in 136 WHL contests with the Wheat Kings, putting up 10 goals and 30 points, alongside 100 penalty minutes. He scored three goals and six points in 21 games last year in the Regina Hub as Brandon claimed the Subway Cup as the WHL’s East Division champs.
“We’re excited to add a player of Ty’s experience and character to our dressing room,” Giants’ GM Barclay Parneta said. “He’s a reliable, two-way forward who helps solidify our depth up front. We’re looking forward to welcoming him to Vancouver.”
The Wheat Kings begin the 2021-22 preseason on September 14 in a battle with the Warriors in Moose Jaw. Brandon will not see Thorpe and the Giants this season.