Blazers add goaltending depth with acquisition of Dumba from Hitmen
The Kamloops Blazers have acquired 1998-born goaltender Kyle Dumba from the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.
The two teams announced the transaction Tuesday afternoon.
“With Connor Ingram likely to play pro hockey this season, we felt it was important to add competition and depth at the goaltending position,” said Stu MacGregor, general manager of the Blazers. “We’d like to welcome Kyle to our hockey club.”
Dumba, a 19-year-old product of Calgary, suited up for a career-high 28 games during the 2016-17 WHL campaign, going 7-9-2-1 with a 4.00 goals-against average and .860 save percentage.
Originally selected in the fourth round (68th) of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, the 5-foot-11, 198-pound puckstopper has seen action in 39 career WHL games over parts of three seasons with the Hitmen, going 9-12-3-2 with a 4.05 GAA and .860 SV%.
The Hitmen wished to thank Dumba for his contributions to the organization.
In Kamloops, Dumba joins eligible returning goaltenders Ingram (1997), Dylan Ferguson (1998), Carter Phair (1998) and Max Palaga (2000).
Ingram, of course, was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third round (88th) of the 2016 NHL Draft and signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the club earlier this year. He could play within the Bolts’ organization, be that for the American League affiliate Syracuse Crunch or elsewhere.
As for Ferguson, the soon-to-be 19-year-old was selected by the Dallas Stars in the seventh round (194th) of the 2017 NHL Draft, but promptly dealt to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights days later. He has yet to sign an NHL contract and is expected to be with the Blazers for the start of training camp.
Phair, 18, saw action in one game with Kamloops during 2016-17 before finishing out his year in Junior A with the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League where he went 7-9-0-1 with a 2.41 GAA and .922 SV% in 20 appearances.
Finally, the soon-to-be 17-year-old Palaga also saw one appearance with the Blazers in 2016-17 as he spent the bulk of the campaign with the Thompson Blazers of the B.C. Major Midget League.
There will be plenty of competition in the blue paint when the Blazers open up training camp later this month before embarking on a five-game pre-season schedule that begins Friday, September 1, when the Victoria Royals visit Kamloops’ McArthur Island Sports Centre at 7 p.m. (PT).