Monday, 5 January 2015

Gowzer! Wheat Kings Acquire Former Chiefs' Captain

Reid Gow
  The Brandon Wheat Kings bolstered their blueline on Monday, acquiring Killarney product Reid Gow from the Spokane Chiefs for a fifth round pick in the 2015 or 2016 Bantam Draft.

  Gow spent four seasons in Spokane before deciding not to return for the 2014-2015 season, and played the first half of thie season with the University of Manitoba Bisons.

  "Just wanted to play junior for my last year of eligibility here and didn't want any regrets when I was done.  They have a very good team and Kelly (Wheat Kings' GM/Coach McCrimmon) said I would help and they wanted me to play here.," said Gow after his workout with the Wheat Kings on Monday, "They have a very young group and I just hope I can help the leadership group.  I just want to help out any way I can and being an old guy in a young group will be good for me and, hopefully, helps them out."

  The former Southwest Cougar had 146 points in 229 career WHL games including 113 points and a +60 rating over the last two season, finishing in the Top-10 in defenceman scoring each season.

  "Proven player in the league, a captain, he was 5th in defence scoring as a 19-year old last year, he was 7th the year before," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "His experience and ability is going to really solidify our back-end.  I think we made our team better on and off the ice."

  The 6-foot-0, 190 pound Gow spent four seasons playing primarily in the WHL's Western Conference after being the 16th overall pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.

  "I'm just a good, solid d-man I think.  They have plenty of skill on the back-end, clearly, with all their young and draft eligible players and drafted players in (Eric Roy)," said Gow, "They're a great organization and I just want to bring leadership to the back-end and stability.  If they don't know need anything else, I'm just another guy filling out a jersey, helping out and making this team win."

  "He's very competitive, he blocks shots, he competes real hard in the defensive zone," added McCrimmon, "The offensive side of his game is his strength but I think he's just going to really add to our ability to defend as well."

  Gow's return to the WHL may surprise some, but it appears Brandon was the only destintation Gow considered in coming back for the rest of the season.

  "Originally, Reid Gow chose not to play his overage year in Spokane because he wanted to be closer to home and family in Manitoba," said Chiefs General Manager Tim Speltz in a release, "Reid enrolled and played the first half of this season at the University of Manitoba."

  "The Spokane Chiefs gave the Brandon Wheat Kings permission to talk to Reid after the Christmas break to discuss the option of Reid playing in Brandon," Speltz continued. "Joining the Wheat Kings will allow Reid to be closer to home and family, which is important to him, while also enabling Reid to continue studies at the U of M."

  Gow's acquisition gives the Wheat Kings 24 players on their roster including nine defenceman, a situation the club might need to address before Saturday's trade and roster deadline.

  Gow is expected to make his Brandon debut Tuesday when the Wheat Kings host the Everett Silvertips (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...the Regina Pats completed two trades Monday, sending D Kyle Burroughs, 19, and F Dryden Hunt, 19, to the Medicine Hat Tigers for D Connor Hobbs, 17, a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 3rd round pick in 2015...the Pats also dealt F Connor Gay, 19, to Red Deer along with a 1st round pick in 2016, a 2nd in 2015 and 7th in 2017 for F Jake Leschyshyn, 15, and a 4th round pick in 2017.  Leschyshyn was the 6th overall pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft...the Rebels also acquired G Trevor Martin, 18, from Saskatoon Monday for D Kolton Dixon.

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