In a mere 65 characters the fortunes of the Medicine Hat Tigers got a bump on Saturday.
“Made my decision to play for the Medicine Hat Tigers next season,” wrote California native and U.S. national development team forward Miles Koules on his Twitter account.
The message was retweeted 47 times in the 24 hours that followed, but its full impact won’t be known for a lot longer. If history is any indicator, however, it’s very good news for the Tigers.
“I think he felt for where he’s at in his development that this would be the best opportunity for him,” said Tigers general manager Brad McEwen.
“We see a player that can bring skill, can bring pace to our lineup.”
Koules is the son of one-time Tiger Oren Koules, now a major motion picture executive whose biggest success is the Saw horror series.
He’s also got ties to Tigers star Emerson Etem, as they share the same trainer, and Hunter Shinkaruk who befriended the fellow 17-year-old at a hockey camp when they were younger.
McEwen credited the Hat connections for Koules choosing the WHL over the University of North Dakota, where he had previously committed.
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