Former Nitros F Tyson Klingspohn battles in front of the Columbia Valley Rockies crease during 2014-15 KIJHL exhibition action in Invermere.

Former Nitros F Tyson Klingspohn battles in front of the Columbia Valley Rockies crease during 2014-15 KIJHL exhibition action in Invermere.

KIJHL: Former Dynamiter headed for American Tier II league

Former Kimberley Dynamiters F Tyson Klingspohn is headed for the Springfield Express of the Western States Hockey League

Former Kimberley Dynamiter Tyson Klingspohn is on the move once again.

Monday night, the Springfield Express of the Western States Hockey League (American Tier II Junior) announced via Facebook that the 18-year-old forward had signed with the club ahead of the 2015-16 season.

“We are very eager to see how much of an impact Tyson will make on our team this season,” said Jeremy Law, head coach of the Express, in the team release. “He is a pure goal-scorer and has unbelievable vision on the ice and reads the game better than most.

“I have no doubt he will be a top producer in our league and an intricate piece to our puzzle in a quest for the Thorne Cup.”

Klingspohn, a native of Penticton, spent more than two seasons with the Nitros (2012-13 to 2014-15), amassing 50 goals and 90 points in 121 games with the club before being dealt to the Summerland Steam in the deal that brought forward Braden Saretsky to Kimberley on Nov. 28.

After being traded closer to home, Klingspohn managed three goals and 14 points in 28 games with the Steam.

The Springfield Express, located in Missouri, play in the 28-team WSHL, which moved from Tier III play (Junior ‘B’ equivalent) to Tier II (June ‘A’ equivalent) on June 1, 2015.

The WSHL was established in 1994.

KIJHL Notes: The Castlegar Rebels have traded F Konnor Madsen (1996) to the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. In his first season with the Rebels, Madsen tallied 11 goals and 20 points in 49 games…The Creston Valley Thunder Cats have signed G Jason Mailhiot (1998). The native of Trail spent the past two seasons with the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League, compiling a record of 5-22-5. He also found his way into a handful of KIJHL games as an AP with the Nelson Leafs over the past two seasons, including seven playoff games…

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