The Portage Terriers injected some youth into their forward group – and will need to name a new captain.

As part of a three-team deal, the Terriers traded the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) playing rights of 20-year-old forwards Adam Wowryk and Rhett Lough, and a fourth-round pick to the Winnipeg Blues for the CJHL playing rights of forwards James McIsaac, 17, Takato Cox, 18, and Aiden Buhler, 17, the team confirms.

Lough was flipped after being acquired in a prior deal with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines in exchange for 18-year-old forward Ryan Mignault and the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) list rights of 17-year-old forward Ethan Stuckless.

“Moving Wowryk was a tough decision. He was a very good captain this year and a big piece of our Turnbull Cup championship team last season,” Terriers head coach/GM Blake Spiller says. “Adam is a player who plays much bigger than his stature and will make the Blues instantly better.”

“Acquiring McIsaac, Cox and Buhler obviously makes us younger up front,” Spiller continues. “All three will bring speed, energy and skill, and we're looking forward to getting them into our lineup.”

A Winnipeg native, Wowryk had 14 points (4-10—14) and 28 penalty minutes in 17 games with the Terriers this season. The 5-foot-8 winger put up 57 points (21-36—57) during the 2015-16 campaign.

McIsaac, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound forward, recorded 15 points (6-9—15) in 17 games with Winnipeg this season – his second in the MJHL. As a rookie during the 2015-16 campaign, the 17-year-old Winnipeg native had 17 points (8-9—17) in 49 games. He was a sixth-round pick, 120th overall, of the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 2014 WHL draft.

In 18 games with Winnipeg this season, Cox, of Redondo Beach, U.S.A., put up seven points (3-4—7). The 5-foot-8, 165-pound winger spent most of the 2015-16 season with the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League's St. Boniface Riels, scoring 41 points (23-18—41) in 41 games.

Buhler, of Mitchell, Man., was held pointless with eight penalty minutes in 10 games with the Blues this season – his first in the MJHL. The 5-foot-8, 161-pound winger is a product of the Pursuit of Excellence program in Kelowna, B.C. He had 24 points (5-19—24) and 46 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Pursuit of Excellence prep team last season.

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SCOREBOARD

Wednesday, February 22nd

Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey League Playoffs
PCI Saints 4 Fort Richmond 3
(best of 3 series tied 1-1)

Zone 4 High School Hockey League Playoffs
Morden 7 Prairie Mountain 3
(1st game in best of 3 semifinal)

MMJHL
Pembina Valley 5 Stonewall 0

MJHL
OCN 3 Winnipeg 2
Neepawa 5 Waywaysesecappo 3

West Winnipeg Athletic Conference Varsity Basketball
Tec Voc 91 PCI Trojans 82
Tec Voc 77 PCI Saints 52

Zone 7 High School Basketball Championship
Junior Varsity Girls
MacGregor 34 Minnedosa 14
Varsity Boys
Neepawa 68 MacGregor 59

WHL
Calgary 4 Brandon 3

AHL
Rockford 1 Manitoba 0 (SO)

NHL
Edmonton 4 Florida 3
Washington 4 Philadelphia 1
Anaheim 5 Boston 3

Thursday, February 23rd

Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey League Playoffs
Fort Richmond at PCI Saints, 3:45 BDO Centre
(best of 3 series tied 1-1)

SEMHL Playoffs
Carman at Portage, 8 p.m.
(1st game in best of 7 semi-final)

KJHL Playoffs
North Winnipeg at Arborg, 8 p.m.
Cross Lake at OCN, 7:30 p.m.
(opening games of best of 5 quarter-finals)

Tiger Hills Hockey League Playoffs
West Semi-final
Souris at Killarney, 8:15 p.m.
(best of 7 series 1-1)

Zone 7 High School Basketball Championship
Varsity
Westpark (Girls) at Shevchenko, 5 p.m.
Westpark (Boys) at Shevchenko, 6:30 p.m.

NHL
N.Y. Rangers at Toronto, 6:30 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Montreal, 6:30 p.m.
Calgary at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.
Colorado at Nashville, 7 p.m.
Arizona at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.

NBA
Orlando at Portland, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Charlotte, 6:30 p.m.
New Orleans at Houston, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at New York, 7 p.m.
Sacramento at Denver, 9:30 p.m.
Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

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