Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs announced on Friday that forward Brad Ginnell was released to waivers. He was claimed by the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Ginnell, a 2000-born forward from Calgary, was acquired by the Chiefs in a January 2020 trade with Winnipeg. In 16 games with the Chiefs, he posted three goals and three assists for six points and a +1 rating.
“Brad was a great addition to our club last season and brought the kind of veteran leadership we expected to the dressing room,” said general manager Scott Carter. “Unfortunately with the overage limits, sometimes we have to make difficult decisions like these. We thank Brad for his time as a Chief and wish him the best in Moose Jaw.”
League rules limit the number of overage “20-year-old” players a team may carry to three. Remaining on the roster are 2000-born forwards Michael King and Eli Zummack, defensemen Matt Leduc and Bobby Russell, as well as goaltender James Porter, Jr. Back-to-back WHL Defenseman of the Year Ty Smith is eligible to return but expected to begin his professional career next season.
In 230 career WHL games with Portland, Kootenay/Winnipeg and the Chiefs, Ginnell has played 230 regular season games, scoring 43 goals and 50 assists for 93 total points.