Linden Hora (right) is one of two forwards coming to the Chilliwack Chiefs in BCHL trade with Vernon.

Chiefs trade defenceman for forward depth

Darren Rizzolo heads to the Vernon Vipers for two forwards as Chiefs coach Jason Tatarnic sets his regular season roster.

The Chilliwack Chiefs dealt a defenceman to Vernon Wednesday, sending 1998-born blueliner Darren Rizzolo to the Vipers.

In return, the BCHL team picks up two forwards.

An 18 year old from Kelowna, Linden Hora has appeared in 54 regular season games for the Vipes. In 52 last season he had one goal, four helpers and 25 penalty minutes.

Hora played previously in Kelowna’s Pursuit of Excellence program and with the Major Midget Hockey League’s Okanagan Rockets.

According to Vernon Morning News sports editor Kevin Mitchell, Hora ‘skates a zillion miles an hour.’

It’s appropriate then that he’s been assigned jersey No. 16, worn by former Chiefs speedster Mason Boh.

The other acquisition is 1998-born Tak Anholt, a graduate of Abbotsford’s Yale Hockey Academy prep team.

Anholt is reunited with last season’s Lion linemates,  Jesse Lansdell and Kohen Olischefski.  In 24 games with Yale, Anholt

tallied 28 goals and 36 assists.

He also got into five games with the Penticton Vees, where he recorded one helper.

Hora, Anholt and their new team open the season Saturday night with a 7 p.m. puck drop against the Coquitlam Express at Prospera Centre.

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