Vancouver Giants quit winger Ethan Semeniuk to land D-man Marek Howell from Moose Jaw Warriors

Howell, 17, was one in all 4 Warriors gamers suspended for the rest of the common season by the league workplace final February for an off-ice incident.

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The Vancouver Giants parted with a few of the draft decide capital that they had amassed Friday to assist their defence.

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Vancouver acquired 17-year-old rearguard Marek Howell from the Moose Jaw Warriors, together with a 2024 WHL Draft fourth-round choice, in trade for 18-year-old ahead Ethan Semeniuk, a 2024 first rounder, a 2024 fifth rounder and a 2025 second rounder.

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Via varied trades, the Giants had seven first rounders over the subsequent three drafts. They acquired 2024, 2025 and 2026 first rounders from the Winnipeg Ice within the Zack Ostapchuk swap alone final season.

The 6-foot-2, 192-pound, left-shot Howell was a first-round decide of the Warriors in 2021, going No. 16 total.

Howell was one in all 4 Moose Jaw gamers — together with  Connor Ungar, Max Wanner and Lynden Lakovic — who had been suspended in February by the league for the rest of the common season following completion of an impartial investigation into violations of crew guidelines and WHL Commonplace of Conduct insurance policies.

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Howell missed the ultimate 17 video games of the common season. He was reinstated for the playoffs, as had been his teammates.

The incident in query occurred whereas on a street journey to Edmonton. In response to a WHL press launch, “although the conduct of the gamers was not discovered to be felony in nature, the conduct was decided to be a violation of crew and league guidelines together with the WHL Commonplace of Conduct insurance policies, as outlined within the WHL Private Conduct Coverage.” The gamers had been required to finish additional private conduct and respect coaching.

Particular particulars had been by no means launched.

Giants normal supervisor Barclay Parneta mentioned that the Giants checked into Howell, and Parneta has “no issues along with his character.”

The Calgary product performed within the World Beneath-17 Hockey Problem final season. He had one objective and 4 factors in 44 common season video games with the Warriors.  Parneta lists Howell as a “good puck-moving D, with an excellent stick and a physicality to his sport.”

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Dylan Anderson possible led Vancouver defencemen in ice time and he graduated from the league on the finish of the season. Mazden Leslie was possible subsequent according to enjoying time and he turned 18 in April.

Howell ought to see top-four minutes subsequent season for Vancouver. Age sensible, he matches in with the concept Vancouver is on an upward pattern the subsequent two or three years.

Semeniuk had 12 targets and 22 factors in 54 common season video games. He did see top-six minutes, at occasions, with Vancouver.

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