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Blazers trade starting goalie for young prospect

Taran Kozun is currently the lone Blazer goaltender on the roster.
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July 10, 2013 - 1:09 PM

The Kamloops Blazers have traded their top goalie for a young up-and-comer.

The local WHL club announced today that 20-year-old Cole Cheveldave has been traded for 15-year-old Jake Kryski.

The trade with the Prince Albert Raiders also included the Blazers giving up a fourth round WHL Bantom pick in 2015 for a seventh round WHL Bantam pick in 2014.

Cheveldave has been the clubs starting goaltender for the last two years, making saves in 111 games and going 70-27-3-4. He earned 10 shutouts as a Blazer and went 13-7 in his playoff record.

He was listed by the Blazers in 2010 and deemed AJHL Rookie of the Year for his time with the Drumheller Dragons where he posted a 2.90 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.

In his absence, the club is left with one goaltender, 19-year-old, turning 20 in August, Taran Kozun.

Kozun has played in 22 games since his start with the Blazers in the 2010-2011 season, with 20 of them played last season.

His save percentage last year was .914 with a 2.36 goals against average and a record of 11-4-1-2.

General Manager Craig Bonner said in a press release that one of the two veteran goalies had to go and that Kryski will add to the young core of the Blazers squad.

Kryski was the Raiders first round pick in 2013 and went 13th overall. He totalled 59 goals, 59 assists and came out with 118 points in 58 games. He tied for lead scoring in the provincial playoffs with 23 points and is listed at 6'0" and 170 lbs.

The Blazers five-game pre-season is set to begin in Kelowna on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. Kamloops will host the Vancouver Giants on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. with the final game set for Sept. 6.

The team's regular season will open at home against rival team, the Kelowna Rockets, on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Interior Savings Centre.

For more more details on the upcoming season, find the schedule online.

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