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Spokane Swaps Forwards and Adds Third-Round Pick in Trade with Moose Jaw

January 17, 2022 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Spokane Chiefs News Release


Spokane, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs announced on Monday that they have acquired forward Cade Hayes (2002) and a third-round pick in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft in exchange for forward Cordel Larson (2001).

"Cade is an experienced two-way forward who will slot into our lineup nicely and replace Cordel's ice time," said Chiefs General Manager Scott Carter. "The third-round pick helps us load up for this May's prospect draft, where we now hold 10 picks in the first six rounds."

Hayes, a 5-foot-10 center from Eatonia, Sask., has played 101 career WHL games, all with Moose Jaw, scoring 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points. He has already set career highs in points (19) and assists (14) through just 35 games this season, including points in five of his last eight games (1G-5A). He was originally an eighth-round pick by the Warriors in the 2017 WHL Prospects Draft.

Larson is a veteran overage forward from Weyburn, Sask. who has appeared in 172 regular season games with the Chiefs after being selected in the ninth round of the 2016 WHL draft. The 5-foot-9 winger boasts 30 career goals and 85 points, tallying a career-high 43 points (15G-28A) during the 2019-20 season. Through 30 games this season, he has five goals and 12 assists for 17 points.

"Cordel is a great young man who has been a great teammate as a Chief," Carter added. "As an overage player, he will have a chance to play closer to home to close out his junior career."

The WHL Trade Deadline is Monday, January 17 at 3 p.m. MT / 2 p.m. PT.

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The Spokane Chiefs are a member of the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League, the world's finest development league for junior hockey players. Since 1985 the Chiefs have been a pillar in the Spokane community, offering family-friendly entertainment and a winning tradition which includes: two Memorial Cup Championships in 1991 & 2008, two WHL Championships in 1991 & 2008 and four Western Conference Championships in 1991, 1996, 2000 & 2008. Over 60 alumni have gone on to play in the National Hockey League.

The Chiefs' next home game is Friday, January 28 versus the Seattle Thunderbirds. It's Gold Seal Plumbing Princesses and Heroes Night -- bring the kids to meet their favorite Disney princesses and heroes! Tickets for all regular season games are available online at spokanechiefs.com/tickets.


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