Oak Lake’s Hunter Wallace will head west next hockey season.
The son of Tod and Penny Wallace has committed to play for the Brooks Bandits in 2021-2022. The team competes in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
“He is an exciting player that has speed, high end puck skills and is as competitive as they come,” said Bandits head coach Ryan Papaioannou on the team’s website. He also praised Wallace’s personality, saying, “his attitude and smile will be infectious around the dressing room.”
Wallace said that choosing the Bandits was an easy decision for him and his family.
“I had a great visit when I went down to Brooks and fell in love with the program,” he said. “It's a great city that's very similar to home. Their facilities and coaching staff are great. I am sure that they will help me to pursue my goal of playing NCAA hockey.”
The 5-foot-7, 140-pound Wallace is suiting up this season for the U18 AAA Southwest Cougars. He has a team high, four goals through five games.
“It is super exciting to be dressing in a Cougar uniform again, especially with everything that happened last year and the playoffs getting cut short,” Wallace said.
Elkhorn’s Parker Johnson has been traded to the Portage Terriers from the Swan Valley Stampeders. Future considerations will go the other way in this Manitoba Junior Hockey League deal.
“He is a skilled forward who we are counting on to provide offence,” said Terriers head coach Blake Spiller on the team’s website.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder had nine goals and 16 points in 52 games last season. He has two goals and three points in five games this campaign.