Player moves add depth up front

Player moves add depth up front

The Canmore Eagles made a couple of player moves this past week.

On Saturday (Nov. 26), the Alberta Junior Hockey League team announced the acquisition of Tanner Gould after his release by the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders.

The Calgary native was in his second season in the WHL, having played last season and the start of this campaign with Tri-City Americans. In 37 WHL games, the 5-foot-10 forward had just two goals and four assists.

The Eagles hope that the 2005-born Gould can return to the form he displayed at the U15 level. In the 2019-20 season, the former Calgary Bison registered 31 goals and 65 points in 31 games.

Gould is expected to make his debut this coming weekend, when the Eagles begin a five-game road swing.

Earlier in the week, Canmore moved Mason Bueckert to the La Ronge Ice Wolves of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, coming the other way was Hunter Burgeson and future considerations.

The 19-year-old Burgeson is from Airdrie. In the 2021-22 season with the junior B Beaver Valley NiteHawks of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, he had 19 goals and 34 points in 41 games. The strapping 6-foot-4 forward played one regular-season game with the AJHL’s Bonnyville Pontiacs in September before being traded to the Ice Wolves.

Burgeson picked up an assist in his first game with the Eagles on Friday.

The 18-year-old Bueckert is returning home in a way. The Saskatoon native was the No. 1 overall pick in the SJHL’s 2019 bantam draft. He played three games with the Ice Wolves last season. In 21 games, with the Eagles this season, Bueckert had six goals and five assists.