Kaddoura Excited to Finish WHL Career with Warriors
The Moose Jaw Warriors added experience to its backend on Tuesday when the team acquired 20-year-old defenceman Majid Kaddoura from the Prince George Cougars.
Kaddoura has 126 games of experience in the Western Hockey League with the Cougars and Saskatoon Blades.
"I was really excited to come to Moose Jaw," Kaddoura said. "We've got a great team here."
General Manager Jason Ripplinger said the addition of Kaddoura brings stability to the Warriors' defence.
"Our strength is our defence and with [Cole] Jordan being out week-to-week, we're not sure how long he'll be, I thought [it was a good idea] to add an older player with some character to settle down the blue line when we get into tighter games," Ripplinger said.
Following the trade on Tuesday, Kaddoura made his way from Prince George to the Friendly City in time to be in the line-up for the team on Wednesday night when they hosted the Prince Albert Raiders.
Kaddoura said it was a long trip, but he was happy to be able to make his debut with the Warriors right away.
"It's but, but I've done it before," he said. "It just takes a lot of adjusting to the systems, obviously there's different systems everywhere you go, but I though it went pretty well."
In 126 games, Kaddoura has posted eight goals and 25 points to go along with 89 penalty minutes and a minus-one rating.
He said he would classify himself as a two-way defenceman.
"I take pride in my own end first and jump into the play when it's appropriate and I like to put up some points when I can and score some goals," Kaddoura said.
The Chestermere, AB product feels that his game will fit in well with the rest of the Warriors' defensive group.
"Obviously watching Hunt and Mateychuk, they're unreal guys, unreal skaters and it's nice to watch them and take some skills off them," he said.
Kaddoura has experience in the East Division from his time with the Blades. He said he's excited to be back in the east.
"Switching divisions is always a different style of play, but I'm excited to be back in the east to finish off my junior career and make a push with the Warriors," he said.
Kaddoura's addition will provide some stability on the ice, but can also help in the leadership department for a younger Warriors squad.
"That's the type of guy I am," he said. "I like to ba leader and I like to bring the young guys under my wing and teach them the way because that's what I had when I was younger."
Kaddoura and the Warriors will be back in action on Friday night when they head to Prince Albert for a rematch with the Raiders.
Moose Jaw returns to Mosaic Place on Saturday to finish off a three-in-four stretch against the Blades. Tickets are available online at mjwarriors.ca or the Mosaic Place Box Office.
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