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Victoria Royals trade Ben Riche for experienced playoff forward from Saskatoon


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The Victoria Royals have acquired forward Vaughn Watterodt from the Saskatoon Blades, in exchange, the Royals have sent forward Ben Riche to Saskatoon.

Watterodt, born in 2004, joins the Royals with a commendable background in the Western Hockey League (WHL).

The Rosetown, SK native was drafted in the 6th round of the 2019 WHL Prospects Draft by the Kamloops Blazers. He later showcased his skills with the Saskatoon Blades over the past three seasons, amassing 74 points with 32 goals and 42 assists in 173 games.

Watterodt brings invaluable playoff experience to the Victoria squad, having aided the Saskatoon Blades in reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in consecutive seasons.

His performance in the postseason includes 18 points in 39 WHL Playoff games.

“Vaughn is a competitor that gives it his all each and every night,” said Royals General Manager Jake Heisinger.

“He brings close to 40 playoff games of experience to our group which will be extremely valuable for our young players and our entire team. He has played any role asked of him over the years and with an elevated offensive role on our team, we feel he will be a key contributor this season.”

While Riche’s time with the Royals was a short one, the a 19-year-old forward had 15 goals and 19 assist in 62 games for the Royals.

“We thank Ben for his time with the Royals and wish him well in Saskatoon,” said Royals General Manager Jake Heisinger.

Riche was involved in a blockbuster trade during the early part of the season, which saw defenseman Kalem Parker and forward Brayden Schuurman being sent to the Moose Jaw Warriors.

The Royals also acquired two first-round picks (2024 and 2026), a second-round pick in 2025, a third-round pick in 2027, and a fifth-round pick in 2026 heading Victoria’s way. These assets, almost entirely from earlier trades, were exchanged for an eighth-round pick.

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