The Saskatoon Blades have recalled 2001 born forward, Kirby Dach, from the Fort Saskatchewan Midget AAA Rangers on an emergency basis. Dach was selected 2nd overall by the Blades in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, and has registered 1 assist in 4 regular season games with Saskatoon this year. He will join the Blades immediately and is eligible to play the remainder of the season and playoffs with Saskatoon.
Dach has dressed for 22 games this season with his hometown Fort Saskatchewan Rangers of the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League. Through 22 games Dach has posted 6 goals and 20 assists. Standing at 6’2″ and 170lbs, Dach’s 26 points put him in the top 5 for points per game in his league.
With a rash of injuries, the Saskatoon Blades sought permission from the WHL and Hockey Alberta to re-call Dach for the balance of the season.
“With numerous forwards out due to injuries, we asked the WHL for assistance in calling up Kirby a few weeks early. His team is unlikely to make the playoffs in Alberta and he can help alleviate some holes in our lineup. They were very helpful and we would like to thank Richard Doerksen for his swift handling of this unique situation,” explained Blades General Manager, Colin Priestner.
Dach will be joining the Blades for his first practice on Thursday, February 9th, and is expected to be in the lineup Friday against the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The Blades would like to thank Hockey Alberta, Fort Sask Minor Hockey, and the WHL for accommodating this request.