Max Patterson is getting a fresh start in the Land of Living Skies.
The Swift Current Broncos acquired the 17-year-old product of Kamloops from the Kootenay ICE on Sunday afternoon, sending 18-year-old goaltender Bailey Brkin and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft to Cranbrook.
“Patterson is a player we see help our depth up front,” said Manny Viveiros, Broncos Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel. “We are excited to have him join our organization, but at the same time we wish all the best to Bailey moving forward.”
In Patterson, the Broncos get a 6-foot-5, 202-pound winger with some offensive potential. A fourth-round pick (77th) of the ICE at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, Patterson has posted 17 goals and 27 points over 130 career WHL regular season games in Kootenay. Prior to making the jump to the WHL, the lanky forward registered 17 points (8G-9A) in 28 games with Okanagan Hockey Academy.
Patterson is the son of former WHL forward Ed Patterson, who logged a 179-game WHL career, which included stops in Seattle, Kamloops and… you guessed it – Swift Current. Max will turn 18 on December 27.
For the ICE, Brkin provides additional goaltending depth behind veteran Mario Petit. A product of Sherwood Park, Alta., Brkin has only appeared in one WHL regular season game. He figures to slot in alongside 16-year-old rookie Jesse Makaj, who was selected 23rd overall in the second round of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.
“We look forward to Bailey joining our team, we believe he is ready to play in the Western Hockey League and he will have an opportunity on our roster,” said Matt Cockell, President and General Manager of the ICE. “The organization wishes Max the best of luck in Swift Current.”
— Bailey Brkin (@BaileyBrkin) September 10, 2017
Patterson will likely have to wait for the 2017-18 WHL regular season to mae his Broncos debut, as Swift Current hosts the Lethbridge Hurricanes Sunday evening at 7 p.m. MT.
Meanwhile, the ICE take on the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick, Wash., on September 12 before returning north of the border to face the Lethbridge Hurricanes on September 15 in Crowsnest Pass, Alta.