Chiefs add Walchuk, stay quiet at trade deadline

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by Spokane Chiefs / KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 10 at 11:57 PM

SPOKANE -- The Spokane Chiefs didn't make any trades on Tuesday's deadline, but they did add a new player to the roster.

The Chiefs are bringing in 19-year-old center Dylan Walchuk. He was originally added to the Chiefs 50-player protected list in 2008, but is finally making his debut.

"Dylan is a very competitive and complete player," Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz said.  "We are excited that he has chosen this route to fulfill his goal to become a professional hockey player.  His skill and determination will complement our group of forwards."

Walchuk joins the Chiefs after splitting time this season at Northern Michigan University and Vernon.  In 19 games at Northern Michigan he had two goals and eight points and in six games in Vernon he scored one goal and six points.

Last season, Walchuk led the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League in points with 56, including 24 goals and 32 assists.  He added another 13 goals and 20 points in 24 playoff games as Vernon finished as a runner-up in the Royal Bank Cup Championship.

Walchuk will arrive in Spokane this week, but it's undetermined as to when he will play his first game. 

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