The Spokane Chiefs have announced the addition of 19-year-old center Dylan Walchuk to their roster. The British Columbia native was originally added to the Chiefs 50-player protected list in December, 2008.
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, the Canadian Junior A National Title, one year after winning it. As a 17-year-old in 2009-10, Walchuk had 19 goals and 47 points in 56 games and was a member of the Vipers' 2010 Royal Bank Cup Championship.
"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."
The addition puts the Chiefs roster at 24 players; two goaltenders, eight defenseman and 14 forwards. Tuesday also acted as the final day that WHL teams could make transactions.
Walchuk will join 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.
Walchuk will arrive in Spokane this week but it is undetermined as to when he will play his first game. Spokane hosts the Everett Silvertips for the final time this season on Wednesday night. It is the first of four games in six nights as Spokane travels to Everett on Friday, hosts Tri-City Saturday and Seattle on Monday at a special 2:00 p.m. start.