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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wheat Kings and Hurricanes make blockbuster trade


Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes swung a multi-player deal Tuesday sending Reid Duke, Macoy Erkamps and prospect Tak Anholt to Brandon for 18 year old’s Ryley Lindgren, Kord Pankewicz and Brett Kitt. 

5’11, 194 pound Centre Ryley Lindgren, the Wheat Kings 5th round Bantam pick in 2011, has played 75 games for Brandon with 19 points (9G, 10A).  Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager, Brad Robson likes Lindgren and what he can bring to the hockey club. “He’s a good, hard-working and gritty two-way centre. He’ll help us both in the offensive and defensive zone and he’ll continue to get better with time. We expect him to be a 30 to 40 point guy on the team.”

Left winger, Brett Kitt, at 6’1 and 201 pounds put up over a point a game in Manitoba’s Midget Triple A hockey league. In 37 games with the Wheat Kings last season he registered 10 points. Kord Pankewicz, a 5’11, 205 pound defenceman, has 15 points in 88 games with the Wheat Kings. In 4 games this season he is a +2 plus/minus rating with a goal. “Kitt is a big, strong physical player who wins battles, he’s strong on the forecheck and hard to play against. Pankewicz is a former first round pick of the Wheat Kings. He’s a big, strong kid with offensive upside, he plays both end of the rink and his experience in the league is a valuable addition to the team” commented Robson.

Duke, a 2014 6th round NHL draft pick of the Minnesota Wild was the Hurricanes 5thoverall selection in the 2011 Bantam Draft. The native of Calgary had career highs in goals, assists and points last season with 40 points (15G, 25A) in 62 games. Erkamps was drafted by the Hurricanes in 2010 and played 66 games where he led all defensemen in scoring with 31 points, including 26 assists. Last season, Tak Anholt, the Hurricanes 2nd round pick in 2013 played with the Vancouver NW Giants of the BCMML. In 33 games he tallied 21 points including 12 goals.

The Hurricanes wish the best to all players as they continue their hockey careers with Brandon.

Esther Madziya
Communications & PR Manager
Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Many of these are good old fashioned hockey trades. Very clearly the Pats should have been active with Lethbridge, and got something done. There are things we need but perhaps because of Paddock's inexperience, we aren't making much happen.

Anonymous said...

Good old fashion trades?? Brandon just duped the Hurricanes for the third time since the 2013 Draft. Lethbridge should be embarrassed.

Anonymous said...

It has nothing to do with Paddock's experience level. The players from Lethbridge maybe don't fit into the scheme of what the team needs at this particular time. Or maybe Lethbridge did the deal with Brandon regardless of what else was on the table. The perception is always that it's easy to make a trade but there are so many factors to consider. Ironically the team was criticized a bit for the Padakin trade using draft picks is now being questioned for not participating in the Lethbridge deals.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me the Hurricanes have a special deal with the Wheat Kings that we don't know about...