BLAZERS ACQUIRE KORNELSEN FROM HITMEN

Nov 16, 2012 - 06:25 MST

Kamloops, BC – General Manager Craig Bonner has announced the acquisition of 19-year-old forward Joey Kornelsen from the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for a fifth round WHL Bantam Draft pick in 2013.

Kornelsen is into his fourth WHL season having played with the Calgary Hitmen for the past year and a half and the Moose Jaw Warriors for two and a half seasons. He has played a total of 187 WHL games putting up 24 goals, 38 assists and 62 points in that time. In 18 games this season, he has four assists. The 6’1” and 197lb forward is from Abbotsford, BC. 

“The acquisition of Joey gives us some added size and depth at the forward position,” commented Bonner. “Associate Coach Dave Hunchak is familiar with Joey having coached him in Moose Jaw. Joey is a hard-working player and will fit in nicely with our hockey club.” 

The addition of Kornelsen puts the Blazers roster at 25 players including 15 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.

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Calgary, AB - The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club announced today that they have acquired a fifth round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft from the Kamloops Blazers in exchange for centre Joey Kornelsen.

“We would like to thank Joey for his contributions to the Hitmen and wish him success with the Blazers,” commented Hitmen Executive Vice President, Alternate Governor and General Manager Kelly Kisio. 

Kornelsen, a native of Abbotsford, British Columbia, recorded 25 points, including nine goals, along with 46 penalty minutes over 69 games with Calgary.  The Hitmen acquired the 19-year-old forward in a four-player deal with the Moose Jaw Warriors in October 2011.  Kornelsen was selected by the Warriors in the second round, 33rd overall, in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft.