The Kindersley Klippers have acquired defenceman Stewart Coyle (1995) from the Penticton Vees in exchange for future considerations.
Coyle had been playing with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. According to head coach/general manager Rockie Zinger, the Klippers had arranged a deal with Salmon Arm yesterday, exchanging future considerations for the playing rights to the native of Sicamous, B.C.
The 6-foot-2 defenceman had to pass through BCHL waivers before he could be transferred to Kindersley. The Penticton Vees claimed Coyle off waivers from Salmon Arm, which voided Kindersley’s deal with the Silverbacks.
Upon being claimed by the Vees, Coyle refused to report because he was set on coming to Kindersley after having spoken with Zinger.
At that point, the Klippers GM worked out a deal with the Vees, exchanging future considerations for the rights to Coyle.
“We were looking to add a defenceman,” Zinger said. “We think that’s an area where we need to get a little bit stronger in. We like the seven we have here, but we need more depth at that position.”
“He’s a puck-moving guy,” Zinger said. “He’s got some skill. He can skate. It all depends on how he adapts to the play here.”
Prior to his time in BCHL this season, Coyle spent last season split between the WHL’s Vancouver Giants and Spokane Chiefs. In 37 WHL games last season, Coyle tallied five assists. In 2011-12, Coyle also got into 10 games with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets.
Coyle is expected to be in Kindersley by the weekend, though it has yet to be determined whether or not he will suit up for the Klippers as they host Humboldt Friday and Yorkton Saturday. At the very latest, Zinger said Coyle will be ready to go when the Klippers welcome the Melville Millionaires to town for a midweek match-up Wednesday, Oct. 30.