The Port Moody Panthers announced today that forward Carson Latimer has joined the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
Latimer, 18, was the Oil Kings 3rd round pick, 48th overall, in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. The 6’0″, 185 lbs. forward from Surrey played eight games with the Panthers this season after signing with the club last August.
“It feels amazing moving up to the WHL, it’s a unique year and to finally get the season starting is awesome,” noted Latimer.
He had 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) before games were paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Latimer’s totals were tops among all rookie skaters in the PJHL and tied for fourth overall in league scoring.
His 11 assists were tied for the most helpers among all players in the league this season. At the time of the pause, Latimer was riding a seven-game point streak.
“Carson always brought the highest level of commitment to development in practice and games,” said Panthers head coach Terry Morrison. “He consistently set the pace, was a positive influence, and always pushed the players around him to get better.”
Latimer made his WHL debut on Dec. 3, 2019, in Edmonton and scored the opening goal in a 3-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors. He was named the game’s first star for his efforts.
“(My time) with Port Moody was awesome. Being able to stay on the ice and play some games before moving onto the WHL is something I’m very thankful for,” added Latimer. “The guys were great and it was a very fun experience!”