The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today the team has acquired forward Cole Sanford (’95) from the Medicine Hat Tigers. In exchange the Pats send to Medicine Hat: forward Brian Williams (’95), prospect forward Gary Haden (’99), the Pats’ 2018 2nd round, 2017 5th round, and Lethbridge’s 2016 3rd round WHL Bantam Draft pick..
Cole Sanford has played 230 games in the Western Hockey League, all with the Medicine Hat Tigers. In his career, Sanford has 217 points (106G, 111A) to go with 197 penalty minutes. The Vernon, B.C. native had his best season in 2014-15 when he finished fourth in the WHL with 95 points (50G, 45A). His 50 goals were second in the league. The former sixth round WHL Bantam Draft pick was named WHL Player of the Week once last season and named an Eastern Conference 2nd Team All-Star. Prior to the 2015-16 season, Sanford participated in the Young Stars Tournament with the Edmonton Oilers where he played on a line with Connor McDavid.
Just prior to that the Pats acquired a third round pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for forward Colton Kroeker (’97).
Kroeker is in his second WHL season having played in 90 games for the Regina Pats over the last two years. In his time with the Pats, Kroeker posted 19 points (11G, 8A) including a career high 13 points (8G, 5A) in 2015-16. The Surrey, B.C. native was the Pats seventh round pick, 134th overall, in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
The Regina Pats also announced the team has released import defenceman Nikolai Knyzhov (’98) to the Springfield Jr. Blues of the NAHL.