September 3, 2016
EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips) of the Western Hockey League and general manager Garry Davidson announced the club has signed forwards Orrin Centazzo and Brandson Hein , and defensemen Carter Brown, Ian Walker, and Kyle Walker to WHL Standard Player Agreements.
“We’re happy to welcome a pair of forwards and three defensemen formally to the Silvertip family who have demonstrated outstanding qualities,” said Davidson.
“Orrin delivered spectacular results last season in Lloydminster with his Midget club while Brandson delivered a tremendous year in Winnipeg. Ian and Kyle Walker have taken the next step in their physical and skill development. Carter’s size jumps out immediately when he steps on the ice. We look forward to their continued progress and are excited they have chosen the WHL as the next step in their development.
Centazzo, a 2000-born forward, earned 53 points (30g-23a) and 34 penalty minutes in 37 games with the Lloydminster Rage Minor Midget Club (AMMHL), also posting five points in five playoff games.
A silver medalist at the Western Canadian Bantam AAA championship, he additionally skated in one regular season game and a pair of playoff games with the Lloydminster Bobcats Midget AAA club, who earned an AMHL championship, and was selected by the Silvertips in the fifth round (107th overall) of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.
Hein, 17, was fourth in points (48) and tied for third in goals (23), skating in 33 games last season with the Winnipeg Thrashers Midget AAA club. The 5-foot-11, 180 pound forward led the Thrashers in playoff scoring with eight points in six games, additionally skating in one regular season game and earning an assist in his playoff debut with the Selkirk Steelers (MJHL).
Ian Walker, a 2000-born defenseman and native of Vancouver, was a teammate of Silvertips defenseman Gianni Fairbrother on the Burnaby Winter Club Elite 15’s last season and ranked second in scoring amongst the club’s defenseman with 17 points in 35 games, also leading all blueliners with 15 assists. He added an assist in three games with the Burnaby Winter Club Prep squad. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound defenseman was selected by the Silvertips in the third round (60thoverall) of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.
Fairbrother committed to the program in March.
Kyle Walker, a 2000-born defenseman and native of Leduc, Alberta, led the Leduc Oil Kings Minor Midget AAA club and league’s defensemen last season in scoring with 44 points (4g-40a) in 37 games, also ranking tied for third in league assists (40). The 6-foot-2, 195-pound defenseman had three points in five postseason games and additionally appeared three playoff games with the Oil Kings Midget AAA club, posting a pair of assists.
Brown, a 98-born defenseman, suited up last season in one game with the Knights of Columbus Pats Major Midget AAA club (AMHL) and in 2013-14 earned a career-high 14 assists in 37 games with the KC Centennials Minor Midget AAA club (AMMHL). The 6-foot-5, 195-pound defenseman was originally selected by the Saskatoon Blades in the 10thround (214th overall) of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.