The Tri-City Americans defense got a veteran shot in the arm with the acquisition of 19-year-old rearguard Daniel Gatenby from the Kamloops Blazers Monday afternoon.
In exchange for the 6-foot-3, 195-pound defenceman, the Americans sent a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft back to the Blazers.
“Danny is a big guy who skates well and did a very good job with the Blazers on the penalty kill,” said Bob Tory, governor and general manager of the Americans. “He is a character kid who will add depth to our blueline.”
Gatenby, an undrafted product of Kelowna, was originally signed by the Kelowna Rockets before being dealt to the Blazers alongside brother Joe Gatenby in a deal that saw forward Jake Kryski head to the Rockets in August 2016.
During his only season with the Blazers, Gatenby skated in 41 regular season contests, registering seven points (1G-6A). He snuck into another five post-season outings, garnering no points.
“We have an influx of young defencemen ready to step into our lineup this upcoming season,” said Stu MacGregor, general manager of the Blazers. “We believe this gives Dan a chance to play regularly and also allows us to give our young players opportunity.
“We’d like to thank Dan for his contributions and wish him the best in his future endeavours.”
Over 63 career WHL regular season games, split between the Rockets and Blazers, Gatenby has eight points (1G-7A) and 30 penalty minutes to his name.