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Western Capitals acquire playing rights to Prince Edward Islander

Ryan Richards in action with the Kensington Vipers of the Island Junior Hockey League.
Ryan Richards in action with the Kensington Vipers of the Island Junior Hockey League. - Jason Simmonds
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals have picked up the Maritime Junior Hockey League playing rights to a Prince Edward Islander.

The Capitals acquired forward Ryan Richards of Cornwall from the Fredericton Red Wings in exchange for an eight-round draft choice in 2020, a conditional sixth-round pick in 2021 and future considerations. The conditional pick is based on Richards signing a junior A card with the Caps.
“Right now we are looking for depth on our list,” said Caps general manager Pat McIver. “He’s a hard worker, skates well and is a good player.
“He has an element to his game that not a lot of players have. That, depending on who we are playing, could be a benefit to us. He’s in-your-face and doesn’t shy away from anything. I just think he potentially could be a benefit to us down the road.”
The 19-year-old Richards is in his rookie season with the Kensington Vipers of the Island Junior Hockey League after playing three years with the Kensington Wild of the New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Major Midget Hockey League. He has 14 points, including eight goals, in 17 regular-season games with the Vipers and registered 95 points, including 31 goals, in 98 regular-season games with the Wild.
“I have been able to watch Ryan closely this year and I like his game,” said McIver, who also owns the Vipers. “Our plan is for Ryan to stay in Kensington this year and be a player available to us if we need one on a call-up basis.”

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