Chilliwack – The Chilliwack Chiefs announced the signing of 2003 born players Peter Reynolds and Hudson Thornton. Both players have been recently invited to Hockey Canada’s U17 Selection Camp, among 112 invitees Canada-wide. Chiefs coaching staff Brian Maloney and Brad Rihela have been scouting these players for a long period of time and are ecstatic to be able to add them to the fold in Chilliwack for the upcoming season.
“Peter and Hudson are both excellent young players that will immediately help our team. They will be given every opportunity to excel on and off the ice. We are very privileged to announce the commitments of these two exceptional talents today,” says Chiefs Head Coach and General Manager Brian Maloney. “We have scouted these players in depth for quite some time now and realistically view them as two of the top 2003-born prospects in the country.”
Peter Reynolds, who is originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, is a Boston College commit that spent the past season playing for the prestigious Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep program. As a member of their U16 program last year, the 5’10” 165lb forward racked up an impressive 27 goals and 44 assists for 71 points in 55 games played. Peter was drafted in the QMJHL draft #21 overall by the Saint John Sea Dogs, and was also selected in the 2019 USHL draft by the Chicago Steel, 180th overall.
When asked about joining the Chilliwack Chiefs, Reynolds had this to say, “It’s an honour to be joining such an amazing organization; a team that just recently won a National Championship. I am excited to play for the team and the city of Chilliwack. I can’t wait to get things started and bring another trophy back.”
Peter will quickly become a fan favorite in Chilliwack according to Maloney. “Peter’s dynamic ability with the puck, and the fact that he can change gears and make plays at top speed will make him an exciting player to watch and a player that will suit our system and the way we play extremely well,” says the Chiefs bench boss.
Hudson Thornton, originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, comes to the Chiefs after registering 17 goals, and 30 assists as one of the elite offensive defensemen in the CSSHL playing for the Rink Hockey Academy this past season. Hudson is a player that has been highly regarded in Western Canada for quite some time, evidenced by the fact he was chosen 33rd overall in the 2018 WHL draft by the Prince George Cougars. He was also chosen by the Omaha Lancers of the USHL 35th overall. Weighing in at 5’10” and 175lbs, Thornton will be a great addition to the blueline for the Chiefs this season.
“Hudson is a player with great offensive instincts, and a great ability to get pucks through from the point. He possesses a lot of intangibles that are hard to teach and will suit him well in the BCHL next season,” says Chiefs Associate Coach and Assistant General Manager Brad Rihela.
When asked his thoughts about joining the Chiefs for his junior hockey career, Thornton expressed his excitement about the decision to come to Chilliwack, saying, “I am extremely excited to be joining the Chiefs family next season. I know that playing in Chilliwack will provide me with the best opportunity to develop and grow as a player and I can’t wait to get started.”
“These two young men will be a big part of our program’s future up front and on the back end for the next couple of seasons,” Maloney says. We are thrilled to welcome them and their families, and are extremely excited to watch their steady progressions over the next couple of seasons.”
Chiefs fans can get their first glimpse at these two impressive young players when training camp begins in late August. Season tickets are still available starting at just $229. Fans are encouraged to call the Chiefs office at (604) 392-4433 or visit www.chilliwackchiefs.net to reserve their seats today.