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Winterhawks acquire overage center Wells

The Portland Winterhawks have acquired 20-year-old center Charles Wells from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for a fourt- round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

Wells split last season between the Raiders and Seattle Thunderbirds, registering 12 goals and 24 assists for 36 points in 63 games with the two teams. He's played in 234 career games and posted 41 goals and 72 assists for 113 points, and added one goal and four assists for five points in 11 career playoff games.

'Charles is an experienced, versatile player who will bring terrific speed to our forward group,' says Mike Johnston, general manager/coach. 'He's also a high-character player who will fit in well in our locker room.'

A WHL team can carry three overage, 20-year-old players. Wells and defenseman William Wrenn are on the Portland roster, while forward Riley Boychuk has not returned from Buffalo Sabres' NHL camp. Three other potential 20-year-old players - Brett Ponich, Taylor Aronson and Oliver Gabriel - have signed pro contacts and are expected to play in the NHL-affiliated American Hockey League.

The Hawks open their season at 7 p.m. Friday against Everett in the Rose Garden.