Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Wheat Kings Pick Up Moodie from Blades

Alex Moodie practiced with the Wheat Kings for the first
time on Wednesday
  The Brandon Wheat Kings made what they hope will be an upgrade in their backup goaltending position on Wednesday.

  The club acquired 19-year old Alex Moodie from the Saskatoon Blades for a conditional eighth round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, and then released 17-year old rookie netminder Logan Thompson.

  "There's no word. Excitement.  Grow up watching them because I'm from Winnipeg and it's not that far of a drive," said Moodie after going through his first Wheat Kings' practice on Wednesday, "Always loved playing them, I've played them since I was 16 here and I've enjoyed it every time and I've heard nothing but good things."

  Thompson appeared in four games this season for Brandon, producing a 3-1 record but with a 4.74 GAA and .846 SPCT.

  "What we want to have is the ability for Jordan (Papirny) to  be his best, and we think we need more out of the backup goaltending position than what we were getting," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "We need a guy that we’re comfortable putting into games any time, we need a guy that’s going to work hard in practice at the other end of the rink so that’s a competitive situation for both guys and, at the same time, you always have to be prepared for injuries and things that can happen, and we need a goalie that can go in and play for your team."

  Moodie is a Winnipeg product who is in his third full WHL season, posting a 4.30 goals against average and .883 save percentage in 67 career appearances.

  "There's a lot of things that happened over there that I can't really talk about but even when I was with Spokane for a short stint there, the fresh start was exactly the thing I needed," said Moodie after going through his first Wheat Kings' practice on Wednesday, "I'm so excited to be here."

  Moodie joined the Wheat Kings' Wednesday and will be in uniform for their next game Friday in Saskatoon.

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