Engaged in the daily hustle and grind of a Western Hockey League season, Rosetown's Vaughn Watterodt recently took a moment to reflect after passing a solid milestone of 150 games played in the WHL.
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Watterodt's career started in the WHL bubble with the Kamloops Blazers.
"Obviously felt pretty quick coming around, feels like just yesterday I had my first game, so it's really cool to hit 150 games in the league."
Watterodt played 18 games total with the Blazers before being traded to Saskatoon on December 2, 2021. Growing up just down the road from Saskatoon on Highway 7, the Rosetown native has enjoyed every minute of his time with the Blades.
"With such a great team and organization like (the Blades) it was really awesome to hit 150 games."
Watterodt immediately jumped into a bigger role with the Blades, and has been a nice tool at the disposal of coach Brennan Sonne ever since.
The team has qualified for the playoffs each year during Watterodt's time in Saskatoon, and are looking to take the next step in 2023-2024. After a first round exit in 2021, the Blades parlayed their experience into a gutsy Eastern Conference Final appearance against the Winnipeg ICE.
Watterodt is happy to see the club going for it once again this season. The Blades haven't been shy in making additions to the roster early this season in an attempt to get back to the big stage.
Watterodt talked about one of the Blades pickups in forward Easton Armstrong.
"The moves are great. Armstrong has been a really awesome guy in the locker room. Been really fun to be around." shared Watterodt. The Blades also recently acquired Rhett Melnyk from Edmonton. "He's just another great guy. (Both of them) really fit in with our group, and what our ultimate goal is."
Watterodt and the Blades are back at it Friday night at home against Moose Jaw. It will be a rematch after the two clubs met Wednesday night, finishing a thrilling 9-6 win for the home Warriors. It was the Blades first loss of November after a five game winning streak to start the month.
After the weekend games, Watterodt will add to his career milestone south of the border as the Blades depart for Wenatchee on Tuesday.