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Americans acquire Schmiemann from Hitmen for draft picks

Andy Devlin

 

The Tri-City Americans have acquired 19-year-old defenceman Dom Schmiemann from the Calgary Hitmen in a Saturday trade.

In return, the Hitmen received a fourth-round selection in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft and a conditional fifth-round round pick in 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.

“With the long-term injury to Anthony Bishop we felt it was necessary to add a veteran defenseman,” said Americans general manager Bob Tory.

Schmiemann, a left-shot defenceman from James River Bridge, Alta., was acquired by the Hitmen last year from the Swift Current Broncos in the trade for Matteo Gennaro. In 51 games with the Hitmen since December 1, 2018, Schmiemann had 12 points (1G-11A). The 6-foot-4, 200-pound defenceman has appeared in 144 WHL regular season games, posting 24 points (3G-24A), including one power-play goal and one game-winning goal.

Schmiemann was originally selected in first round, 12th overall, by the Broncos in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. He’s also appeared in nine WHL playoff games, being held scoreless.

“With eight defencemen with WHL experience and only six spots it has been difficult to get everyone into the line-up”, said Hitmen General Manager Jeff Chynoweth.  “We thank Dom for everything he did both on and off the ice for our organization and wish him all the best in Tri-City.”

The Americans are in action Saturday, October 6 (7;05 p.m. PT), playing host to the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Hitmen will return to the ice Monday, October 8 (2:00 p.m. MT) when the Prince Albert Raiders come to town.

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