Wings and Wildcats complete 4 player trade


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The Cold Lake  Wings have traded goaltender Max Gaudet to the Hinton Wildcats in  exchange for former Cold Lake goaltender Brendan Culbertson (99) and  forwards Ryoto Inukai (00), and Trey Beck (02).

“Being that (Max)  he’s 20-years-old and in his last season, with our record, I felt it was  the right thing to do to give him a chance to contend for the league  championship. The addition of Brendan, Ryoto, and Trey puts the Wings in  a better position to do the same,” said Wings head coach and GM Marek  Babic.

“I wanted to shore up our forwards and basically just bring  in some bodies, not just to focus on next year but to bring in some new  blood and change things up a bit. I think we got a great deal that  benefits the Cold Lake Wings for sure.”

Culbertson began this  season with the Wings but was acquired by Hinton in November. He has won  his last three starts with the Wildcats, recording an impressive .944  save percentage.

Originally from Nagoya, Japan, Inukai has spent  the entire season so far with the Wildcats. At 5’10”, 165 lbs, the  speedy forward has 7 goals and 15 assists for 22 points in 25 games.  He  recently played for the Chunichi Ice Hockey Club in the Elite Junior  division in Japan, where he had 53 points with 19 goals and 34 assists  in 27 games.

At just 16-years-old, Beck has also spent the season  up until this point with the Wildcats. From Hay River, North West  Territories, the 6’1”, 185 lb forward was chosen to play in the Arctic  Winter Games in 2016.

The Cold Lake Wings would like to Thank  Maximillian Gaudet and the rest of his family for their commitment to  the team. We wish Max the Best of luck in Hinton.

Welcome back Brendan Culbertson!

As for Trey Beck, and Ryoto Inukai we welcome them and their family to the team as well. Both are from at least 25 + hours away.