January 10, 2013
OILERS ACQUIRE DEFENCEMAN, LOSE MOWAT & DIXON
The Okotoks Oilers announce that they have acquired 18-year old Defenseman Connor Sutton, while 19-year old Defenseman Max Mowat and 17-year old Defenseman Kolton Dixon will not be finishing the season with the team.
Connor Sutton was acquired from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks after being released earlier in the day from the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL. Sutton, 6’ 3” 215 lbs from Cochrane, AB played the majority of last season with the Calgary Mustangs recording 7 goals and 6 assists in 53 games played. Coach James Poole says, “With the loss of Mowat & Dixon, we felt it absolutely necessary to acquire a quality defenseman, and feel fortunate to be able to find a player of Connor Sutton’s ability. Connor brings a physical element that is needed on our back-end plus moves very well for his size and has a great shot from the point.”
Max Mowat, who joined the team in a September acquisition, has been forced to step away from the game and miss the remainder of the hockey season due to Post-Concussion syndrome. Mowat missed 20 games last year due to concussion, and then had two separate concussions this season which forced him out of action for significant lengths. Coach James Poole says, “Losing Max is a significant blow to our roster & depth of our defensive core but ultimately you have to look out for the safety and long-term well being of the player. Although we regret the loss of the player, we believe Max has made the right choice and we wish him the best of luck recovering from post-concussion syndrome.”
Kolton Dixon, joined the team in November after starting the season with the Victoria Royals in the WHL, and has now been brought back to the Victoria Royals on a permanent basis for the remainder of the season. Dixon registered 2 goals, 1 assist and 60 penalty minutes in 13 games played with the Oilers. Coach James Poole says, “We are disappointed by the situation as we brought Kolton with the mind-set that he would finish the season with us and then return to Victoria next season, however, we are in the business of developing hockey players and we wish Kolton the best of luck as he moves back to the WHL level.”
For any questions of comments, please contact the Oilers hockey office at (403)938-0243