The Brandon Wheat Kings made a roster addition on Monday, adding 17-year old forward Tak Anholt.
Anholt's rights were acquired by the Wheat Kings just over 13 months ago as part of the Macoy Erkamps / Reid Duke trade with Lethbridge in late September, 2014.
"There was a period of time where he had planned on staying in the B.C. Junior Hockey League and attempting to move on to U.S. College," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "Just over time, that changed and we're excited to bring him in now to play."
The 6-foot-0, 170 pound Anholt was originally a second round pick of the 'Canes in the 2013 Bantam Draft and had 28 goals and 64 points in 24 games with Abbotsford's Yale Hockey Academy prep team last season.
Anholt played five games with the Penticton Vees last season, but has been traded twice in the BCHL since (to Vernon and then to Chilliwack) and played one game with the Chiefs this year.
"I think from day one, they were impressed with a lot of things about our organization," added McCrimmon, "I think just gradually were of the opinion that this was going to be the best place for Tak to continue to develop."
Anholt has been sidelined for much of this season with a bout of mononucleosis but could still make his Brandon debut Friday when the Wheat Kings host the Victoria Royals (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
"I think it's going to take some time with Tak but, in time, I think he's going to be a guy that's a real
contributor to our team," said McCrimmon, "He's coming off an illness and has been off the ice for a while so I think we're going to need some patience through the early-going before he hits his stride."
Anholt's addition gives the Wheat Kings 24 players on their active roster -- 15 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders.
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