By Carter Brooks
Photo by Larry Brunt
The Winnipeg ICE have added another piece of homegrown talent.
On Friday afternoon it was announced that the ICE had traded for defenceman Mike Ladyman, formerly of the Spokane Chiefs. The ICE/Chiefs swap sent fellow defender Jordan Chudley to Spokane. Going with Ladyman to Winnipeg is Spokane's fifth round selection in the 2021 WHL Bantam Draft, while the Chiefs acquired the ICE's 2020 fifth rounder to seal the deal.
Ladyman - originally drafted in 2016 by the Regina Pats - signed a Standard Player Agreement with Spokane in mid-October of 2018, before splitting time with the Chiefs and his Manitoba Junior Hockey League team, the Winnipeg Blues. In 48 total regular season games during the 2018-19 season, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound blueliner racked up four goals and 30 points.
In 2017-18, Ladyman tallied two goals, 23 points and 48 penalty minutes in 60 regular season contests for the Blues.
The former Winnipeg Twin and Monarch also spent time in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League in 2016-17, playing for The Rink Hockey Academy Nationals midget prep team. On top of his 10 regular season assists, the 18-year-old’s primary contribution for RHA came in the playoffs where he put up a goal, two assists and 10 penalty minutes in just four games.
After beginning the 2018-19 season in the MJHL with a goal and nine points in eight games for the Blues, Ladyman drew back the attention of Spokane, who then decided on an appropriate course of action to sign the rearguard to a WHL deal. It didn't take long for left-handed blueliner to see game action, drawing into the Chiefs' lineup the following day (October 16th, 2018), which just so happened to be a road test in his home province of Manitoba, as Spokane visited the Wheat Kings for their first matchup of the 2018-19 season.
Ladyman's Chiefs handed Brandon its first regulation loss of the season, before shutting out the Pats 4-0 the following night in Regina, where the 2001-born defender collected his first WHL point against his former WHL club, coming in the form of a third period assist.