EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips) have acquired left wing Sean Richards, a fourth round selection in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, and conditional picks from the Regina Pats in exchange for left wing Dawson Leedahl and the rights to forward Tyson Jost, Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson announced today.
“Today’s transaction helped us secure a 98-born forward and league experienced winger in Sean Richards, a player with good skating ability and physicality we’re excited to acquire, along with a fourth round selection that adds to our options in the Bantam Draft,” said Davidson. “At the same time we express tremendous gratitude to Dawson Leedahl for his service and dedication. We thank him for his four seasons in Everett and wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”
Richards, a St. Albert, Alberta native, was signed by the Pats on Oct. 23, 2015 and skated in 54 games with the club in his first WHL season, earning 18 points (3g-15a) and three power play assists while skating in all 12 WHL Playoff games with the program, posting a goal and two assists and +3 rating.
He suited up in his 16-year old campaign with the AJHL’s Olds Grizzlys in 2014-15 and in 56 games he posted 11 points along with 63 penalty minutes. In just 14 games this past season, Richards fell four points shy in 42 less games with seven points (4g-3a) and 63 penalty minutes.
Leedahl, 20, suited up in 226 career WHL games, all with the Silvertips, posting 101 points (37g-64a) and 246 penalty minutes along with 12 points in 23 career playoff games. Last season, he earned 27 points (12g-15a) in 48 games while adding five points in eight postseason games.
The Silvertips will announce their upcoming training camp schedule soon.
2016-17 SCHEDULE, TICKET INFORMATION
The Silvertips will open the 2016-17 schedule with a “home-and-home” series against the Vancouver Giants, launching Friday, Sept. 23 in Langley, B.C. at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Silvertips home opener against the Giants, Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at XFINITY Arena. Priority seating and guaranteed home opener tickets in downtown Everett are now available by placing a $50 deposit for Silvertips season ticket or mini-plan packages (available in full season, 22-game or 14-game plans) at www.everettsilvertips.com/season or by calling (425) 252-5100.