Storm and Thunder Cats Exchange Players

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Campbell River Storm Junior Hockey Club is pleased to announce the acquisition of 1996-born defenseman Austin Steger in a trade with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats of the KIJHL.  In exchange Creston Valley receives 1997-born forward Brett Witala.

Storm associate coach Mike Wilson, scouted Steger earlier this year and liked what he saw.

"I had the opportunity to watch Austin early in the season and was very impressed with his skill package. He is a big part of Creston's power play success and we are looking forward to seeing him move into that role with our group. Austin is also a very fun player to watch and should help us move the puck effectively out of our zone." 

In 18 games with the Thunder Cats this season Steger recorded three goals and four assists.   As a rookie last year he put up 27 points in 35 games.

The 5’10”, 190 pound Edmonton native says he’s a defenseman that likes to contribute offensively, and models his game after member of the Nashville Predators.

“Storm fans can expect me to dominate the game and take control. As a finesse player I like the puck on my stick and am a very good passer.  My favourite NHL player is Roman Josi. I feel like I play a lot like him -- good shot, great vision, jumps up into the play and can put the puck in the net.”

Steger’s long term goal is to continue his career with a hockey scholarship.

Witala was in his rookie season with the Storm.  In 18 games the Kelowna product notched seven goals and added six assists.