As the January 10th WHL trade deadline quickly approaches on Saturday, the Lethbridge Hurricanes announced today that they have traded 19-year-old forward Taylor Cooper to the Regina Pats in exchange for 17-year-old defenseman Brady Reagan.
Reagan is in his second season in the Western Hockey League after playing in 27 games as a 16-year-old last year. In his sophomore season, Reagan has appeared in 32 games collecting five points (1g-4a) with 20 penalty minutes and a plus-5 rating.
In 61 career WHL games, the 6’3, 205-pound rearguard has scored one goal and added six assists with a plus-7 rating and 40 penalty minutes. He is a big, young, right hand-shot defenseman who will join the already strong group of 1997-born or younger players in the Hurricanes system. He will be just the second right handed defenseman on the ‘Canes as the Calgary native will join Bryton Sayers as the only right hand shots.
Cooper was in his second season with the ‘Canes, and first full season, after being acquired in the Ryan Pilon trade last year with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The 19-year-old was in the midst of his best offensive season. Cooper had already set a career high with 28 points (12g-16a) and tied his career high in goals. The Sherwood Park product is currently riding his best scoring streak in the WHL with points in seven straight games (3g-7a) in that span. As well, he has points in 12 of his last 13 games and has 28 points in his last 31 outings. In 80 games with Lethbridge, Cooper scored 42 points (17g-25a) with 52 penalty minutes and a minus-30 rating.
The two players will face their former teams January 31st when the Hurricanes host the Pats at the ENMAX Centre.
Hurricanes Press Release:
Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes made a move Tuesday, by sending Forward Taylor Cooper to the Regina Pats for Defenseman Brady Reagan.
The 1997-born, 6’3, 205 pound right handed defenseman is in his second full season with the Pats after being drafted by the hockey club in the 2nd round (31st overall) in 2012. With Regina, he played 61 games with 7 points (1G, 6A), a +7 plus/minus rating to go along with 40 penalty minutes.
“We’re adding a good, young defenseman that’s already had experience playing in the league. At over six feet, he adds size to our backend and this is a good deal for us, not just today, but also in the future” commented Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager and Head Coach, Peter Anholt.
Cooper, was acquired by the Hurricanes in November 2013 as part of the Ryan Pilon trade. Pilon was dealt to the Brandon Wheat Kings for Nick Walters, Cooper and prospect Tanner Browne. The 19-year old native of Sherwood Park has played a total of 167 Western Hockey League games registering 77 points (33G, 44A). During his time with the Hurricanes Cooper put up 42 points (17G, 25A) and added 52 PIM’s in 80 games.
Anholt added trades are a part of the business, but it’s never easy seeing good players go. “Since I’ve been here I’ve appreciated what Taylor has done for our organization both on the ice and out in the community. He has played hard and represented our team with class; we certainly wish him all the best with Regina.”