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Calgary Hitmen Acquire Defencemen Keagan Slaney and Blake Heward from the Oil Kings

October 13, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Calgary Hitmen News Release

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club announced today that they have acquired defencemen Keagan Slaney and Blake Heward from the Edmonton Oil Kings in exchange for defenceman Luke Prokop. In addition, the Hitmen will receive a second round draft pick in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft and a conditional fourth round pick in the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft.

"Keagan and Blake are excellent additions to our group as they both have WHL experience and provide added depth at the 18 year old age" said Hitmen General Manager Jeff Chynoweth. "As we continue to develop our young group, they will be influential in our future growth and success."

With the acquisition comes the departure of Luke Prokop, a first round selection by the Hitmen in the 2017 Bantam Draft and a 3rd round selection of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. "We are extremely proud to have had Luke as a part of the Hitmen organization and to watch him grow as a player and person" continued Chynoweth. "He has had a significant impact on our team, our city and the entire hockey community with his courage and determination. The trade provides Luke the opportunity to finish his WHL career in his hometown. We wish him the very best."

The Hitmen are planning to have both Slaney and Heward practice with the team tomorrow (October 14 at 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Keagan slaney - DEFENCEMAN

HOMETOWN: Airdrie, AB DOB: April 10, 2003

HEIGHT: 5'8 WEIGHT: 168lbs


DID YOU KNOW? Slaney was drafted in the first round of the 2018 Bantam Draft and played alongside Hitmen forward Tristan Zandee in the 2017-18 season with the Airdrie Xtreme U15 AAA.

Regular Season

Team League GP G A PTS PIM

2021-22 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 5 0 1 1 8

2020-21 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 20 0 3 3 22

2019-20 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 48 2 5 7 62

2018-19 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 5 0 0 0 4

Blake heward - DEFENCEMAN

HOMETOWN: Regina, SK DOB: September 7, 2003

HEIGHT: 6'0 WEIGHT: 173lbs


DID YOU KNOW? Blake's father, Jamie Heward, is a former NHL player and currently the assistant coach of the Henderson Silver Knights of the AHL.

Regular Season

Team League GP G A PTS PIM

2021-22 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 3 0 0 0 4

2020-21 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 20 0 3 3 8

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