GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB
January 8, 2019
The Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League have acquired 2000-born defensemen Carter Coles and 2000-born Forward Max Giangualano from the Canmore Eagles.
In return, the Storm have sent 2000 born Forward Lukas Jirousek, 2001 Defenseman Zachary Cunningham, and Future Considerations to the Eagles.
Carter Coles (Calgary, AB), currently has 10 assists in 37 games this season. The veteran defender has 30 points in 149 games played with Canmore. ?Carter is a steady presence on the blueline and plays a quiet, effective game. He is a mobile, first pass player that defends with an effective stick in the defensive zone. Adding Carter gives our younger Defense core experience as Carter is already used to playing effective minutes. We are excited to see Carter?s compete level and leadership in our line-up.? says Interim Head Coach Ryan Aasman.
Max Giangualano (Calgary, AB) is a 3rd year veteran of the AJHL, with 79 points in 149 games played in Canmore. Max?s sophomore season was impactful, recording 26 goals, 44 points in 54 games. Giangualano currently has 6 goals, 8 assists in 35 games this season. ?Max is a dynamic forward that can play centre and the wing. He not only has a high IQ level, but Max?s compete level is what attracted Mark and I to acquire him. He is hard to play against, dynamic with the puck and loves to create and go to the dirty areas. We are excited to acquire both Carter and Max and hope the change will improve their development.?
Going to Canmore is 2 great individuals in Lukas Jirousek and Zachary Cunningham. Jirousek (Whitehouse, YT), accumulated 12 points in 29 games with the Storm. The big power forward leaves Grande Prairie with a lasting impression. ?Lukas was a great Storm. It was a hard trade to make. Luke is a great teammate and very coachable. He was a pleasure to work with this season. He was very committed to his work in the community and I thank Luke for everything he did for us.? says Aasman.
Zachary Cunningham (Grande Prairie, AB) played 88 games with his hometown Storm, recording 7 goals, 14 assists and 21 points. ?Zach went through ups and downs this season after having a good rookie season, and that happens in the course of an athlete?s career. Zach is a guy that showed up to work every single day and is always hungry to learn. We hope a change of scenery helps Zach find his game again because he deserves it. Zach was a great Storm player and we can?t thank him enough for his work at the rink and in the Community!? says Aasman.
Carter and Max with make their Storm debuts Friday when the Storm open a 3 game road trip this weekend in Drayton Valley!