The Edmonton Oil Kings announced Thursday night that the club had traded a 2025 fifth-round pick to the Victoria Royals in exchange for goaltender Logan Cunningham.
The 17-year-old goaltender from Sherwood Park, Alta., has played in nine Western Hockey League games for the Royals this season but has yet to be credited with a win. He also played two games for the Royals last season.
“Logan is a goaltender we know well,” Oil Kings general manager Kirt Hill said in a message posted on the team’s website. “The possibility of adding another young goalkeeper to our squad was something we had to seriously consider to continue to build the depth of goalkeepers in our organization.
Hill said Cunningham will join the club from Edmonton on Friday.
Cunningham previously played minor hockey with the Northern Alberta Xtreme U18 Prep team. The goalkeeper was drafted by the Royals in 2020 with that club’s 150th overall pick in the seventh round of the WHL Prospects Draft.
The Oil Kings made a number of mid-season trades this year to revamp the club’s roster and build for the future. The team lost a number of players in the NHL from last season’s group that won the WHL championship.
The trade deadline in the WHL is January 10.
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The Oil Kings (4-30-1-0) currently sit last in the WHL Eastern Conference standings.
The team’s next game will see the players take on the Red Deer Rebels at Rogers Place on Friday night.