The Swift Current Broncos announced this morning they have given overage forward Christian Magnus his outright release.
Magnus had 12 goals and 24 points along with an even plus/minus ranking while appearing in 62 games with the Broncos last season. During his four year WHL career the Saskatoon product collected 23 goals and 67 points over 246 games with the Kootenay Ice and the Broncos.
Originally a Broncos first round (ninth overall) draft pick in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft, Magnus was traded to Kootenay in advance of the 2008-2009 season trade deadline, dealt as 16-year-old along with defenseman James Martin and two draft picks in exchange for John Negrin and Michael Stickland.
Magnus returned to the Broncos at the trade deadline in the 2010-2011 season as part of the blockbuster trade which sent Cody Eakin to Kootenay. Magnus was the only active player on the Ice roster involved in the deal, with Swift Current also picking up Ryan Bloom, Jarett Zentner, Colby Cave and Steven Myland, plus Kootenay's first (Zach Gonek) and second round pick (Cavin Leth, re-assigned to the AJHL Drumheller Dragons) in 2011 and a third round pick in 2012 (Wyatt Sloboshan).
The move comes just three weeks after acquiring overage forward Chance Lund from the Seattle Thunderbirds in exchange for a sixth round WHL Bantam Draft selection.
Lund, forward Ryon Moser, and defenceman Dalton Reum are the overage trio during up for tonight's Broncos WHL season opener against the Warriors in Moose Jaw.