The 100 Mile House Wranglers have added a big body to their blue line.
Coach Dale Hladun recently acquired Cole Weber, a 20-year-old Prince George defenceman listed at 6 foot 2, 225 pounds.
Weber, who formerly played in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League under coach Hladun with the Fernie Ghostriders and Princeton Posse, is expected to make his 100 Mile House debut on Oct. 25 when the Wranglers host the Spokane Braves at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre.
The signing follows a head injury to defenceman Liam Cumberbirch on Oct. 10. Cumberbirch, 18, continues to suffer from concussion symptoms after taking a hit into the boards against Princeton.
Weber is currently living in Kamloops studying at Thompson Rivers University.
“We figure we can make it work for him more or less part-time for a while and after the semester changes, he’ll move up here,” explains Hladun. “We’ll get him a good chunk of games before Christmas and then down the stretch.”
The Wranglers play the Sicamous Eagles on the road on Oct. 24 before hosting the Braves on Oct. 25 and hitting the road on Oct. 26 to play the Kamloops Storm.
The Wranglers currently sit last place in the Doug Birks Division, but with a few games in hand.
Three games this weekend presents a good opportunity for the local Junior B hockey club to “right the ship”, says Hladun.
“We’ve got the tools and I’m really excited about the team,” he adds. “Getting a guy like Weber will add some veteran experience in the back end.”