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Jetting To Calgary

Jett has landed.

Prior to selecting in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft, the Hitmen made a big splash in acquiring Vancouver Canucks prospect Jett Woo from the Moose Jaw Warriors in exchange for import defenceman Vladislav Yeryomenko, forward Ryder Korczak, the 11th overall selection in the Draft, and a second-round pick in 2021.

It’s a new start for the defenceman and he can’t wait for it.

“I’m really excited for this opportunity,” Woo said. “I know that Calgary is looking to build off of the year they just had and make a run this upcoming season for a WHL Championship.

“I feel very fortunate to be a part of it and looking forward to this next chapter in my career.”

A fourth overall pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, it was only fitting that the Winnipeg native was dealt on another draft day.

They are two separate days during different times in his career, but both hold significant impact.

“I was watching the draft today with my mom and it was funny because when I got drafted years ago I thought it was the biggest day of my life and nothing would top it,” he said. “Here we are four years later getting traded during the same draft and it’s another big day for me and I’m just thrilled to be a member of the Hitmen.

“I’ve heard such amazing things about this organization and it’s exciting to be a part of this close group. I think we’re going to have a great team.”

The 2000 born rearguard strengths the Hitmen blueline with his play both offensively and defensively. With a career-high 66 points in 62 games last season (12G, 54A) Woo added to his career WHL totals with 114 points (26G, 88A) in 178 career tilts.

In his own end, the 6’0 203-pounder brings a physical presence and a shutdown style as well, making him a tall order to face for opposing forwards.

“This was our number one priority in getting a puck moving defenceman,” Hitmen General Manger Jeff Chynoweth said. “To add a player of his calibre, one of the top scoring defenceman in the WHL, a player who plays hard at both ends is huge for our club.

“He’s a legitimate number one defender and to get him for a whole season instead of after the trade deadline is an added bonus.”

“I want to keep rounding out my game,” Woo added. “There are always areas to improve in with skating and becoming quicker and I want to continue to improve. I want to be that guy that can help move pucks out quick and contribute in all facets of the game.”

Once Training Camp begins in late August for the Hitmen, there will be a handful of familiar faces for Woo as he grew up playing alongside Riley Stotts prior to their ‘Dub careers and also skated alongside Carson Focht at the Youth Olympic Games, and also knows goaltender Carl Stankowski.

And of course there’s the story that everyone was wondering about, the story of Wottis. The nickname Woo gave Stotts when they were younger, and one that the forward wore on his jersey during the past WHL Suits Up Game.

“A lot of the guys we trained with called me Woobs or Woozy and they called him Riles but I just started calling him Wottis to try and give him a W to make it a little more like mine,” he laughed. “I’ve been calling him that ever since and always will years from now.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun playing with some familiar faces and working together to achieve that one goal we all want to accomplish.”

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