The Kamloops Blazers have released 20-year-old defenceman Jackson Caller, who has cleared Western Hockey League waivers and is likely to report to the Vernon Vipers of the BC Hockey League.
The Kamloops native was acquired from the Saskatoon Blades last season. In 210 WHL games, Caller had six goals, 27 assists and 31 points.
In 45 games with the Blazers last season, Caller had a goal and three assists.
“It is always tough to have to release a veteran player, but with the emergence of [Inaki] Baragano, [Ethan] Brandwood and [Trevor] Thurston, we feel this move had to be made to maximize their development while also allowing Jackson the opportunity to play regularly with another team,” Blazers’ general manager Matt Bardsley said.
“Jackson is a high-quality person and a tremendous teammate. We thank him for his time with us in Kamloops and wish him all the best going forward.”
The Blazers roster is now at 24 players including 15 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders.
Kamloops, which went 7-0 in the pre-season, opens the regular season on Friday, Sept. 20, against the visiting Spokane Chiefs. Faceoff is at 7 p.m. at Sandman Centre.