The Kamloops Blazers have traded 17-year-old forward Riley Ginnell to the Brandon Wheat Kings in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2021 WHL Bantam Draft.
Ginnell, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound left winger from Calgary, was chosen by the Blazers in the seventh round of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. He played in in six pre-season games, registering a goal and three assists.
“With the amount of forwards that we have on our roster, we wanted to allow Riley the opportunity to play in the WHL this year,” Kamloops general manager Matt Bardsley said. “This move allows Riley the opportunity to do so. We wish Riley all the best going forward.”
The Blazers’ roster is now at 25 players, including 15 forwards, eight defenceman and two goaltenders. The roster includes 18-year-old defenceman Quinn Schmiemann, who remains at the Tampa Bay Lightning training camp.
Kamloops went 7-0 in the pre-season and will open the regular season on Friday, Sept. 20, at home to the Spokane Chiefs. Faceoff is at 7 p.m. at Sandman Centre, with a patio party on the plaza scheduled for before the game.
Ticket sales have been brisk — with more than 4,000 sold entering Tuesday — and a sellout is expected.
For tickets, call the Kamloops Blazers Box Office at 250-828-3339.