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Andrew reassigned to Southwest Cougars

The Virden Oil Capitals have reassigned Tanner Andrew to the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League’s Southwest Cougars.

The 17-year-old forward netted two goals and three points in 15 games this season with the Oil Caps.

The Oil Caps will insert Andrew into their lineup from time to time as an affiliate.

“He will continue to be around the dressing room and will be involved with us both on and off the ice when time permits,” said Oil Caps head coach and GM Troy Leslie. “Tanner is a very coachable individual and he fits into the mold of what we desire in an Oil Capital player.”

Jamie Hodson, Oil Caps director of business and hockey operations, says Andrew played his way onto the team right from camp and is a tremendous ambassador for the hockey club both on and off the ice.

“However, we felt it was best for Tanner to get the minutes he needs to continue to improve moving forward. Tanner is a natural scorer and puck possession guy and with the depth of our lineup, it would’ve been tough to give him those opportunities on a consistent basis.”

Hodson went on to say that Andrew will be a leader on the Cougars hockey club and will be instrumental to their success for the duration of the season.

“Southwest will utilize Tanner in all areas of their game and their coaching staff has a strong belief in his abilities in helping carry their hockey club moving forward,” Hodson said. “I can’t say enough about the young man and look forward to what he does with Southwest for the duration of the season and with our team as well.”