Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs announced on Thursday that they have signed 2003-born forward prospects Copeland Fricker and Ty Cheveldayoff to WHL Standard Player Agreements.
“We’re very happy to officially welcome Copeland and Ty to the Chiefs organization,” said Chiefs’ general manager Scott Carter. “Both are exciting prospects and we’re looking forward to seeing them in a Chiefs jersey.”
Fricker is a 5-foot-8, 161-pound speedster from Midland, Texas. Drafted by the Chiefs in the ninth round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, he posted back-to-back years of scoring prowess with the South Kent Selects Academy in Hartford, Conn.
He piled up 77 points (3oG-47A) in 57 games with the 15U team in 2018-19 before serving as captain of the 16U club in 2019-20, tallying 79 points (31G-48A) in 62 games. He also added four assists in five games with Team Kelly at USA Hockey’s 2019 Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp.
“I am excited and honored to become a Chief,” Fricker said after signing. “Looking forward to getting the season started.”
Cheveldayoff is a 6-foot, 205-pound left shot from Stony Plain, Alberta. He was listed by the Chiefs after impressing as an invitee at the club’s 2019 training camp.
He followed that up with a successful season with the St. Albert Nektar Raiders of the AMHL, posting seven goals — including two game-winners — and seven assists for 14 points in 30 games, adding 64 penalty minutes. The Raiders went 27-1-4 to finish an abbreviated season in first place.
“Signing my WHL agreement with the Chiefs is something I have worked hard for right out of Bantam and for it to happen is like a dream come true,” said Cheveldayoff. “I’m so honored to be a part of a great organization, and super excited to get down to Spokane to get started.”
Passed over in the bantam draft, Cheveldayoff continued to develop, chipping in 33 points (18G-15A) in 34 games with the Parkland Athletic Club Saints U16 AAA of the AMMHL in 2018-19. He added three goals and two assists in two games with the PAC Saints U18 AA team.
“I can’t wait for what the future holds,” he added.