Winkler native Byron Froese has been traded by the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips to the Red Deer Rebels. Froese, along with a third round draft pick in 2012 is headed to Red Deer in exchange for forward Landon Ferraro and a conditional fifth round pick in 2012.


The 19 year old, former Pembina Valley Hawk enjoyed his best season in the WHL in 2009/10 scoring 29 goals while adding 32 assists for 61 points in 70 regular season games. The hard working two way forward was also a plus 22. Froese added five more points in the Silvertips seven playoff games as they were bounced by the Kelowna Rockets in the first round of the WHL playoffs last season.



Froese was a fourth round selection (119th overall) of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009 NHL entry draft, while Ferraro was selected in the second round (32nd overall) by the Detroit Red Wings in 2009.


Froese also played for Canada at the IIHF Under-18 World Championships in Grand Forks in 2009 and represented the WHL in the Russian Super Series this past season.



The Silvertips finished third in the WHL's Western Conference last season with a 46-21-5 record while Red Deer was sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 39-28-5 record. Both teams failed to make it out of the first round of the playoffs.


Froese, who has spent his entire Western Hockey League career in Everett posted 118 points in 142 games during his two full seasons with the 'Tips.


For the full interview with Byron Froese and CKMW Sports Director Matt Friesen click on the following link.