Virden Oil Capitals defenceman Wyatt Kalynuk knows exactly what his future will hold after he’s done playing in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
The 16-year-old Virden native has verbally committed to play for the Western Michigan University Broncos starting in the 2016-17 season. He is joining an NCAA Division I program that is coached by Souris native Andy Murray, who is a former Brandon University Bobcat and NHL head coach.
Kalynuk has two assists in seven games with the Oil Capitals this season.
Meanwhile, in Thursday’s lone game, the host Winnipeg Blues shut out the Neepawa Natives 3-0.
Brett Brooks scored 33 seconds into the game and again in the middle frame to lead the Blues (3-3-2). Scott Rowswell assisted on both goals and Channing Bresciani closed out the scoring with a power-play marker.
Byron Spriggs made 21 saves to record his first shutout of the season. Michael Gudmandson stopped 42 shots in the Neepawa (1-6-2) net.
The Dauphin Kings sent 19-year-old forward Jamie Waddington and 18-year-old defenceman Nathan Deyell to the Alberta’s Drayton Valley Thunder on Thursday for defenceman Chandler Irvin, 18, and forward Brendan McKay, 18. Irvin has one goal, four points and a plus/minus of +13 in 11 games with the Thunder this season, while McKay has one goal and a plus/minus of +10 in 10 games.
The OCN Blizzard also made a deal with the Thunder. OCN acquired 19-year-old defenceman Cole Dunphy in exchange for future considerations.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 11, 2013