Only a week removed from signing its first-ever player, the Hinton Timberwolves junior hockey club announced a couple more player commitments this week.
The Timberwolves announced a few days apart that they had inked 18-year-old forward Mario DeCapite and 17-year-old forward Bryant Joseph to contracts for the 2019-2020 season.
The announcements come a few weeks before open tryouts are set to begin Aug. 23 -25 at the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre. The Timberwolves are set to compete in its inaugural Western States Hockey League season.
DeCapite, a 5’9” Calgary native, skated last season with the Beverly Warriors where he posted 13 points in 32 league games. DeCapite also played two seasons in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) finishing the 2016-17 campaign at International Hockey Academy.
Joseph, who was referred to as a ‘big’ signing by the Timberwolves in reference to his 6’4” presence, is a Chilliwack, BC, native that previously played at The Fernie Academy for the Fury U17 team.
Hinton announced the signing of its first player, goaltender Carter Wickson, on July 23.
The Timberwolves – which also signed a lease with the Town of Hinton – were announced by the WSHL as the new Hinton franchise with local ownership on May 31.
The news came as the league ended its relationship with the Western Provinces Hockey Association, including the Hinton Wildcats, which also lost its lease with the Town.
The WSHL has announced that the Edson Aeros and Meadow Lake Mustangs, which competed within the WPHA last season, will remain in the WSHL and be joined by new franchises the Cold Lake Hornets and the Barrhead Bombers.