Today's feature of Who's Coming to Camp is a bit different than the previous articles because these two players were acquired by the North Stars this week in trades which also send two North Stars from last season's roster on to new destinations. This week we feature defenceman Jordan Wiest and forward Connor Navrot.
Coach and General Manager Kevin Hasselberg had a busy day of transaction, as the Battlefords North Stars are pleased to announce that the acquisition of 20-year-old defenceman Jordan Wiest and 18-year-old forward Connor Navrot in three separate transactions involving five different teams and four different leagues.
Jordan Wiest is a 6'3", right shot defenceman from Enchant, Alta. The physical, stay at home defender has completed two seasons of junior hockey with the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League and most recently with the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League. Wiest was acquired from the Eagles by the Portage Terriers in Manitoba, which allowed the North Stars to trade for his rights in exchange for 20-year-old defenceman Brock Weston.
Wiest has 103 games of junior hockey experience and has scored four goals and 19 points in that time. He has also accumulated 232 penalty minutes over two seasons in Alberta and B.C.
Weston completed one season with the North Stars after playing his rookie season with the Lloydminster Bobcats. The Maidstone prospect played in 32 games with the North Stars and accumulated three goals and three assists during that time. The North Stars would like to thank Brock and the Weston family for their contributions during the 2014-15 season and wish him continued success with the Portage Terriers.
The North Stars were also able to acquire the rights to power forward Connor Navrot. The 6'2" right winger from Martensville just completed his second season with the Beardy's Blackhawks in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. In 44 games last season, with the Blackhawks, Navrot scored 18 goals and added 23 assists for 41 points. Navrot also played in 13 games with the Kindersley Klippers including eight games during the 2014-15 playoffs as an affiliate player. This transaction was finalized between three different teams. The North Stars completed a transaction with the Whitecourt Wolverines of the AJHL sending 1996-born defenceman Connor Vermeulen and future considerations to the Wolverines in exchange for the rights to 1996-born forward Carson Pickett and future considerations. The North Stars then sent Pickett to the Kindersley Klippers in exchange for the rights to Navrot.
In 62 games with the North Stars last season, Vermeulen contributed two goals and 14 assists for 16 points. Vermeulen returns to Alberta where he started his junior career with the Drayton Valley Thunder. The North Stars would like to thank Connor and wish him continued success with Whitecourt in the AJHL.
On Behalf of the North Stars, we would like to welcome to the family both Jordan and Connor. North Stars fans can catch first glimpse of these players and all players competing to earn spots on the 2015-16 roster during the Fall Camp that gets under way Sunday, Aug. 30 with fitness testing. The first on-ice action will be Sept. 1 at the Civic Centre.