Monday, March 4, 2024

Victoria Royals trade Shipley and Wilson to Wheat Kings for player and draft picks


The Victoria Royals are trying to shake up their roster by trading Luke Shipley and Anthony Wilson to the Brandon Wheat Kings.

In the deal announced on Thursday, the Royals will shed Shipley and Wilson, but they are gaining Wheat Kings’ forward, Teydon Trembecky, and three draft picks.

The Royals newest addition, Trembecky, is a 17-year-old forward from Strathcona, Alberta. 

In the 2021-22 season, he was brought up to the WHL from the AJHL’s Whitecourt Wolverines. In his five games played with the Wheat Kings, he had just one assist for the team. 

In the 19 games the Wheat Kings have played so far this season, he had one assist to show for his efforts along with 18 penalty minutes served. 

“Teydon brings qualities we really covet in a player, and we have been following his development,” said General Manager and Head Coach Dan Price. 

“Quality of character, competitiveness, hockey IQ and vision on the ice are phrases which those who know him use when describing him.”

“He has strong leadership traits on and off the ice and is tenacious. He is also in an important age group for us which helps create roster balance this year and over the next two to three years.” 

Trembecky stands 5’11” and is 171 pounds. He shoots left-handed and the Royals look forward to him playing on both sides of the ice. 

The draft picks the Royals are getting from the deal along with Trembecky are: 

  • A third round pick in 2023
  • A fifth round pick in 2024 
  • A fourth round pick in 2026 

“The draft picks provide flexibility this year and in coming years to draft for certain needs or positions, or to trade them to address immediate roster needs if and when they arise,” Price explained.

“We’ve made some of those types of moves in the last twelve months–for example, Teague Patton and Alex Thacker–so this trade also helps us replenish some of that draft capital.”

Anthony Wilson spent the better part of the last two seasons with the Royals and has 18 points in 81 games to show for it. Anthony’s brother Wyatt will now have to play without his brother, as he remains on the Royals’ roster. 

Luke Shipley recently celebrated his 100th game with the Royals earlier this month against the Calgary Hitmen. He recorded 26 points in his 103 games with the Royals.

“We are grateful to Anthony and Luke for their contributions to the Royals and to the City of Victoria, and we wish them all the best in Brandon.”

Trembecky’s first appearance as a Victoria Royal will be this Saturday in the sold out game against the Regina Pats and their super-star player, Connor Bedard. 


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