Boes A Hurricane After the Draft
Corbin Boes knew he was going to be traded. The Saskatoon product received a call from Brandon Wheat Kings general manager Kelly McCrimmon the night before and was issued the news. Thursday morning, the veteran goaltender was officially dealt at the WHL bantam draft — along with the 17th overall pick — to the Lethbridge Hurricanes for the sixth selection in what was the day’s most notable transaction. Even with the advanced warning, he still wasn’t entirely sure how to make sense of it though. “It’s a lot different now that it’s official,” said Boes, who turns 20 in July. “I had a great time in Brandon. It was three years I’ll never forget. I can’t thank the organization enough for giving me a chance to enter the league. “But I’m definitely looking forward to a new chapter in my life.” The former Saskatoon Blazer leaves a team with a 19-year-old goalie in Curtis Honey and highly touted prospect in Jordan Papirny. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, graduated Ty Rimmer, whom they acquired on last year’s draft day. Rimmer would go on to become the team’s MVP. “We’re excited to have him. He’s a character kid,” Hurricanes general manager Brad Robson told WHL on Shaw TV’s Peter Loubardias on the draft floor in Calgary. “He’ll help us for this year. It gives us that depth that we’ve lacked.” Boes understands the significance of following in the footsteps of another over-ager. He said he’s talked to Robson, who wants him to be the leader of the team. “That’s what they expect out of me,” said Boes. “They used their sixth-overall pick for me so that’s a little bit of an incentive right there to go in and show them I can be a guy that can take charge.” The Hurricanes got off to fast start in 2012-13, holding down the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference a third of the way through the season. They faltered in the second half and missed the post-season for the fourth consecutive year, leading to the dismissal of head coach and general manager Rich Preston. The Hurricanes are considered to be a team on the rise thanks to 1996-borns Ryan Pilon, Reid Duke and Saskatoon Contact Kolten Olynek. “Lethbridge has got a good core of young guys,” said Boes. “I think they’ll be a good team moving forward. I just want to be a guy that helps them get back into the playoffs.” To read more: Click Here.