Côté brothers leave Storm in separate trades

By Curtis Galbraith & Jeromy Corrigan
January 10, 2019 - 3:30pm Updated: January 11, 2019 - 11:30am

The Storm have traded the Côté brothers in separate deals.

Cruz Côté will end up with Cowichan Valley of the BCHL as part of a five-team deal. Defenceman Jarin Sutton comes to Grande Prairie.

"Our General Manager Mark Bomersback gave me a call. He let me know the news that I had gotten traded to Cowichan Valley. I kind of already knew there was going to be a trade today (Thursday), but I just didn't know where," Cruz told our newsroom.

Walker Côté is on his way to Nipawin of the SJHL for future considerations.

Walker explained the deals did not come as a big surprise to the brothers.

"It kind of surprised us a little bit but it was mutual between the club and myself and my brother here."

At the same time, Walker also knows that Junior A hockey is a business and both sides need to do what's best for them.

"It's a business and the team has to do what's best for them. At the same token as a player, I need to do what's best for me as well."

Cruz added that both he and his brother are quite thankful for their time in Grande Prairie.

"I'm thankful for all of the support that we have had. I know Walker and I a lot of times just walking around the rink people would come up and talk to us and we would really appreciate that. Especially the little kids who would know us by name. It was really special to play in Grande Prairie and it was a dream come true for both of us."

When Everything GP spoke to both Walker and Cruz regarding their trades, they were both on the road travelling to join their new teams.

Both could play for their new clubs as early as Friday night as Walker Côté joins the Nipawin Hawks for a home game against the Humboldt Broncos, and Cruz Côté joins the Cowichan Valley Capitals for their road game in Prince George.


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