The Winkler Flyers are pleased to announce the signing of 17 year old forward Coltyn Bates (97) for the 2015-16 season. Bates was the captain of the Brandon AAA Wheat Kings this past season, leading his team to the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League Final.

The Brandon native just completed his third season with the Wheat Kings where he led the team in regular season assists and playoff goals. In 43 regular season games, the 6’0”, 170lbs forward recorded 54 points (18 goals – 36 assists) and 60 penalty minutes. Bates also had 16 points (10 goals – 6 assists) in 14 playoff games. Bates also played two games with the Flyers as an AP this past season.

“Bates is a heart and soul type player” says Flyers Head Coach and General Manager Ken Pearson. “He is a leader, and a hard working, playmaking centreman who uses his linemates really well.” Added Pearson.

The Flyers would like to officially welcome Coltyn and his family to the Flyers organization and look forward to seeing him play in the fall.