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BLADES ACQUIRE MCCOLGAN, ASTLES FROM KELOWNA

May 03, 2012 - 08:19 GMT

The Saskatoon Blades are pleased to announce the acquisition of forwards Shane McColgan and Jessey Astles from the Kelowna Rockets.

The Blades acquired the duo this morning in a deal that saw centre Ryan Olsen head to the Rockets along with 2nd and 5th round selections in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.  The Blades also pick up a conditional 3rd round selection in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft as part of the deal.

McColgan is a native of Manhattan Beach, California and has spent his entire WHL career with the Rockets.  This past season the 1993-born forward appeared in 70 games, posting 18 goals, 46 assists and 64 points. He is a draft pick of the New York Rangers, who selected him in the 5th round (134th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

"We're pleased to bring in a player like Shane McColgan," said Blades Head Coach and General Manager Lorne Molleken.  "He's a dynamic offensive player that also brings grit, versatility and hard work to the table.  He's also a guy that brings in some solid playoff experience, something we will need going forward into next season."

Astles is a winger who hails from Coquitlam, B.C.  He has also spent his entire WHL career with the Rockets organization, dressing in 157 regular season games over the past 3 seasons while posting 16 points and 241 penalty minutes.  

"We really needed to address our overall team toughness and physicality," said Molleken.  "Jessey is a kid that fits what we needed.  He's a very physical player, he works hard, can fill a number of different roles for our hockey club going forward and most importantly, he's a very tough player to play against.  We would like to welcome both guys to the Blades organization," added Molleken.

Olsen has spent his entire WHL career with the Saskatoon Blades after he was selected in the 1st round (20th overall) in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.  Over his two year WHL career, he appeared in 135 regular season games while posting 22 goals and 46 points. 

"We would like to thank Ryan for everything he's brought to the Blades.  It's been a good experience watching him grow since the time we drafted him and we wish him the best of luck going forward."

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