The Moose Jaw Warriors made a few moves prior to the deadline and had to say good-bye to a few players as well. The first acquisition came the day before the deadline.
Cam Braes came over from the Lethbridge Hurricanes for a pair of Bantam draft picks. The second addition in a trade that came on Tuesday was James Henry joining the Warriors. The acquisitions were solid players of both character and leadership for their former teams. Both were captains. Both are point a game players. Both had played for one franchise in the WHL career prior to the moves. And both are very welcomed additions to this team. Going the other way to in the transactions to Lethbridge and Vancouver, respectively, were a first in this year's draft and a second in next year's. The Giants received a second round pick in 2012 and a third round pick in 2014.
Leaving the Warriors were two players who were solid contributors to the hockey club. Tyler Vanscourt was sent to the Vancouver Giants for a fifth round pick. Vanscourt joined the club this season in a trade with Prince Albert on Nov. 29, 2011. Brett Lyon, who came over in a deadline on January 5th, 2011 in a trade for Nathan Smith with the Giants, is going to the Kelowna Rockets. A seventh round pick in 2013 and a fifth round pick in 2014 is what the Warriors receive in the deal.
With the passing of the deadline the Warriors now have the next couple months of hockey in clear focus and it starts this Friday at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary against the Hitmen. Game time is 8 p.m. CST. The next night and the second of three in a row, the team travels to Medicine Hat to face the Tigers. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m. CST. The Warriors finally return, after 17 days of their last home game, to play on Mosaic Ice and tangle with the Brandon Wheat Kings. You can watch the recent additions in their new Warriors colours at 7 p.m. from your seat in Mosaic. You can also catch all the live action of the three game set on Country 100FM and the voice of the Warriors, James Gallo or watch on the WHL Live website.