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On Wednesday, the Spokane Chiefs announced that Defenceman Matt Sozanski has been traded to the Moose Jaw Warriors in exchange for a 6th Round Pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
Sozanski (6'0'', 175 lbs), a native of Calgary, AB, was entering his 20-year-old overage season with the Chiefs. He played in 144 career games with Spokane from 2013/14-2015/16, scoring 3 goals and 22 assists with a -14 rating. Last season, he played in career high 62 games, where he scored all 3 of his career goals and recorded 18 assists.
“Matt took great steps as a defenseman and as a teammate in his three seasons with our team,” General Manager Tim Speltz said in the team's press release. “Looking at our overage player situation for next season, this is a move we had to make. We would like to thank Matt for his contributions to our organization and wish him the very best in Moose Jaw.”
Sozanski was facing an uphill battle for one of 3 spots on the team. According to WHL rules, teams can only have 3 overage players (20 year olds) on their roster.
The trade leaves the Chiefs with five overage players on their roster: Spokane native Keanu Yamamoto (19 Goals, 52 Assists in 2015-16), Markson Bechtold (17 G, 31 A), Jacob Cardiff (9 G, 7 A), Dominic Zwerger (27 G, 28 A), and recent goalie acquisition Jayden Sittler (19-14-1, 2.94 GAA). The Chiefs have until October 16th to narrow the list down to 3.
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