The Saskatoon Blades traded forward Vaughn Watterodt to the Victoria Royals in exchange for forward Ben Riche, reducing their pending 20-year-old list.

By the Numbers
  • Riche set career highs in goals, assists, and points in the 2023-24 season with 15 goals and 20 assists in 67 games.
  • Riche has 133 WHL games with 23 goals and 33 assists, previously playing with the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Yes, But

The Blades still have ten pending overage players on their roster but can reduce the number to the league maximum of three.

State of Play
  • Blades traded Watterodt, a player who made significant contributions on and off the ice, to Victoria, aiming for an emerging team for him.
  • Watterodt returns to the division where his junior career began, giving Victoria his experience and skills.
What's Next

The Saskatoon Blades will continue assessing their roster to meet the league's maximum allowed number of pending overage players.

Bottom Line

The Blades made a strategic move to balance their roster by acquiring Riche and sending off Watterodt, aiming for success in the upcoming season.