FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 12th, 2017
WEST KELOWNA, B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club announced Sunday that the club has made multiple roster moves including a pair of trades.
The Warriors have acquired defenseman Spencer Hora (’99) from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in exchange for future considerations. The 18-year-old rearguard is a veteran of 78 BCHL games where he has scored one goal and added 18 points to go along with 81 penalty minutes.
The Kelowna, BC native has started the 2017/18 season off well in 21 games so far, the 5’10”, 180-pound defender has registered 10 assists and is very familiar with the Warriors roster, having played with forwards Lucas Cullen, Chase Stevenson, Jordan Todd, Matt Kowalski and goaltender Cole Demers during the 2015/16 season with the Okanagan Rockets of the BC Major Midget League.
West Kelowna has also added goaltender Cody Porter (’97) to their current roster. The 20-year-old netminder played in 117 career Western Hockey League games with the Vancouver Giants and the Calgary Hitmen, posting a 52-42-5-4 record with a 3.30 GAA and a .887 career SV% along with 5 shutouts. Porter started the year in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and got into two games with the St. John’s Sea Dogs before being released and available for the Warriors to add.
The North Vancouver, BC native is no stranger to the Warriors organization as the 6’3”, 200-pound goaltender spent his 16-year-old season in West Kelowna getting into 16 games with an 8-4-1 record to go along with a 3.54 GAA and a .875 SV% and did get into action on Friday night as he came in on a relief appearance in a loss in Wenatchee.
To make room on the roster for those additions, the Warriors have traded defenseman Nathan Reilly (’98) to the Whitecourt Wolverines of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) in exchange for future considerations. The 19-year-old blue liner suited up in 17 games for the Warriors and added two assists to go along with 21 penalty minutes.
The Warriors have also placed forward Bennett Norlin on injured reserve as of Friday after he was injured in the Warriors victory over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Wednesday night. The Farmington, MN native has collected four goals and nine points in 21 games to start the season.
The Warriors return home to Royal LePage Place for a Sunday matinee against the Prince George Spruce Kings. Puck drop is slated for 2:30 PM with tickets available at the Warriors office, by calling (250) 769-7051 or at the door ahead of the opening face-off.
The Warriors are holding a live auction for their Remembrance Day jerseys that were wore in honour of the veterans on Wednesday, November 8th against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Visit www.westkelownawarriors.ca/auction for more information and to learn how to bid on your favourite Warriors players jersey! The bidding comes to a close on Tuesday, November 14th at 3:00 PM.