Medicine Hat, AB – The Medicine Hat Tigers announced this afternoon they have traded 20-year-old forward Kale Kessy to the Vancouver Giants. The Tigers will receive a conditional 5th round pick in the 2015 WHL bantam draft.
“We would like to thank Kale for the time, effort and contribution he made over the last three seasons to our organization,” stated Tigers’ GM Head Coach Shaun Clouston. “We wish Kale great success with the Giants.”
The move of Kessy to Vancouver brings the Tigers into line with the WHL’s 20-year-old limit of three players. The three 20-year-olds will be recently acquired Derek Ryckman and Elgin Pearce along with defenseman Alex Theriau who is now back in Medicine Hat finishing up rehab after off season surgery.
The Tigers embark on a busy weekend with three games in three nights beginning in Red Deer tonight prior to hosting Prince George tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.and Saskatoon on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
I think their is a strong chance Kessy will be sent back to the whl from Portland Pirates (ahl)
With all of his suspensions it looked like Kessy wore out his welcome with the coaches. I think he is a player that fans either loved or hated. I thought that Kale improved a lot towards the end of last season and the playoffs before his concussion. Even at the start of this season he showed improvement untill the elbow that took out Ryan Pilon deflated everything. (Pilon is still out with an injury)
I think Kessy has November 1st circled on his calendar when the Giants next visit Medicine Hat. The giants focus a lot on their cycle down low and work ethic and I think Kessy will be able to play a big role within the giants system if he can keep his nose clean.
Also I wont be able to recap tonights game in Red Deer due to other commitments.