Grizzlys active on trade deadline day

By Kevin Watson
January 12, 2018 - 10:06am

The Olds Grizzlys were active during Wednesday’s AJHL trade deadline.

The organization took part in a three team transaction which saw forward Chase Olsen moved to the Spruce Grove Saints and goalie Josh Brindza to the Sherwood Park Crusaders. In return, the Grizzlys received defenceman Tyler Pang and future considerations from the Crusaders. The last part of this deal saw forward Tyson Gruninger moved from Spruce Grove to Sherwood Park.

Pang arrives in Olds having played 26 games and scored 24 points for the Crusaders this season. The 99-born player is in his second year of junior hockey, having started his junior career in his hometown Victoria, BC. Pang is expected to be in the line-up for this Sunday’s home game vs. the Canmore Eagles.

“We are very excited to have Tyler join our organization,” says Grizzlys head coach Connor Redmond. “He will be a great addition to our roster and help the team make a push for the playoffs”.

Part of this deal saw hometown boy and captain Chase Olsen move to Spruce Grove. The Grizzlys thanked Olsen for his unquestionable dedication and service to the team throughout the past two seasons.

“Chase Olsen was our captain, and our leader,” associate coach Joe Murphy said. “His play while in Grizzly uniform was exactly the type of effort, and pride that we desire from all in our organization. While his skill and production will be missed, his leadership and attitude will be felt immediately.”

Murphy explained that the trade of Olsen was not one the team took lightly.

“Chase was part of the process the entire way, as he was supportive of our organization. The Grizzlys are proud to be able to help Chases' pursuit of a scholarship in this manner, by allowing him to go to a team that should have a long post season.”

In another transaction, the Grizzlys traded defenceman Cale Cripps to the Humboldt Broncos for goalie Sam-Jackson Visscher.

The 98-born goalie has played for the Whitecourt Wolverines last season before joining the Humboldt Broncos. During his time with the Wolverines, Visscher put on a .908 regular season and .903 post season saver percentage. The 6’1'' St. Albert, AB, product is currently in his second year of JR “A” hockey. 

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