Columbia Valley Rockies defenceman Tyson Tisdale has signed with the Kindersley Klippers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
“It’s awesome. That’s the whole point. You go to the KIJHL to move on and this is a stepping stone,” said Tisdale. “I think I gave a lot for my time there and it shows and I’m super excited to go into Kindersley.”
In his lone season with the Rockies, the Sylvan Lake, Alberta product had 16 points in 37 games and collected two assists in 12 Teck Cup playoff games. Tisdale said the Klippers are a good fit for him because the people in the organization have always been good to him, staying in contact for the past two years.
He was offered a spot after attending their spring camp. In their announcement of his signing, the Klippers said that “Tyson’s blend of smooth skating, puck-moving and physical play at the Klippers Spring camp was a quick view of what Tyson can bring to the team.”
Tisdale loved his time in the KIJHL with the Rockies and said the coaching staff helped him develop his two-way skills. He received power-play time and was used in every role.
“I played important minutes. “Especially missing out on my third year of midget (Red Deer Chiefs U18 AAA) from COVID-19, just getting that extra development there that I missed out was really helpful,” said Tisdale, who joined the Rockies after being released from the Calgary Canucks in the Alberta Junior Hockey League prior to the regular season.
With the Rockies, Tisdale improved his offensive awareness and chipped in more production than he had in the past. He also saw growth in his vision to make better plays.