Turning Point client Tyler Brown has signed a Western Hockey League Education contract with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. Brown, 15, played last year with the Pursuit of Excellence Bantam AAA program in Kelowna, British Columbia, where the puck moving defenseman scored 55 points and had an outstanding season. Brown hails from Olympia, Washington, and started his minor hockey with the Kent Valley Storm and played several years in that program. Brown is 6’2, 180 pounds, has excellent vision and puck movement, a smooth skater, and can play any style that a coach would want him to.
“Tyler is a special player for me for his skills and upside, but I also coached him for three years in minor hockey, and I am very excited to see him achieve his long-time goal of being drafted into the WHL and playing there in the near future,” said Turning Point Executive Director Carlos Sosa. “I have watched Tyler grow as a person and a player, and with his abilities, size, and hockey sense, I fully expect him to realize his full potential with the Warriors organization,” said Sosa.
“Brownie brings a lot of tools and smarts to a position that requires plenty of both,” said Turning Point Hockey Director Darcy Tucker. “Tyler has just gotten better and better since I first started watching him, and I look for big things for him with the Warriors, and beyond.”
Brown was one of the six defensemen drafted from the POE Bantam AAA team in this year’s Bantam draft.
Brown will play his first exhibition game this Tuesday night in Moose Jaw against the Swift Current Broncos. After the game he will return to his Midget AAA team in Omaha, Nebraska, the Omaha Junior Lancers, and play for coach David Wilkie in one of the top midget programs in the United States. Wilkie, a first round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 1992 and NHL player with Montreal, Tampa and the New York Rangers, was a client of Turning Point Executive Director during his playing career and is one of the premiere youth coaches in US minor hockey.
Tyler Brown hails from Olympia, Washington where he resides with his parents Andrew and Kris, and little brother Bennett. Congratulations to Tyler and his family, and Turning Point looks forward to monitoring his progress this year.