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Blades re-acquire Luding from Thunderbirds for draft pick

Brian Liesse/Seattle Thunderbirds

 

The Seattle Thunderbirds and Saskatoon Blades swung a deal Thursday afternoon, sending goaltender Dorrin Luding back to the Land of Living Skies.

Heading back to the Thunderbirds is a seventh-round selection in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

“We had two 19-year old goalies heading into this season and this trade will give Dorrin the chance to play more,” said Thunderbirds General Manager Bil La Forge.

Luding was originally selected by the Blades in the third round, 66th overall, of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. He made his WHL debut the next year with the Blades, allowing one goal on 11 shots in 20 minutes action against the Kamloops Blazers. He’s gone on to play 30 WHL games for the Blades, Everett Silvertips and Thunderbirds, compiling a 9-15-1-0 record, 3.75 goals-against-average, .886 save percentage and one shutout.

The Blades add Luding, a product of Prince George, B.C. to a crease that includes Nolan Maier.

“We’re excited to add Dorrin to our group,” said Blades Associate General Manager Steve Hildebrand. “He took some big strides last season and developed into a Western Hockey League goaltender, he knows what it takes to play in this league so we expect him to come in and compete for a spot with our group.”

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