Top Prospect Leaves Michigan To Join WHL Tigers

By pbadmin

WHL Press Release

MEDICINE HAT, AB – The Medicine Hat Tigers have acquired the rights to Top Draft Prospect Tyler Swystun for the Prince George Cougars for 20-year-old veteran Centerman Brett Robertson and a 4th round selection in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.

Swystun was the Cougar’s first round selection, sixth overall, in the 2003 Bantam Draft. The 5’11”, 175 lbs forward played last season with the University of Michigan Wolverines in NCAA Division I. A native of Cochrane, AB, Swystun was the leading scorer for Team Pacific team during the 2005 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge held in Lethbridge, AB. Swystun played the 2004-05 season with the Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL where he was named to the 2005 AJHL All Rookie Team.

“We are excited to add a good young player of Tyler’s ability to our organization,” said Tigers’ general manager/head coach Willie Desjardins. “We expect him to be in our line-up this year and contribute to our program over the next couple of seasons.”

“We are sending to Prince George, a real quality person and player in Brett Robertson,” stated Desjardins. “Brett is a guy we relied on and has been a tremendous contributor to our hockey club. It is tough to see him go but it is also a good opportunity for him to bring his leadership and skill to a new team.”

Robertson, a 6’0”, 186 lbs. product of Strathmore, AB, suited up in 66 games with the Tigers last season, recording 22 goals, 25 assists, 47 points, 76 PIM, and a +4 rating. Robertson added 4 goals and 8 assists in 13 games for the Tigers during the 2005-06 WHL post-season.

Robertson, a veteran of 206 WHL contests, has scored 42 goals, added 54 assists and recorded 192 penalty minutes during his career with Medicine Hat.