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HITMEN ACQUIRE DRIEDGER FROM AMERICANS

Calgary, AB – Calgary Hitmen General Manager, Executive Vice President and Alternate Governor Kelly Kisio announced today the acquisition of 17-year-old goaltender Chris Driedger (DREE-ger) from the Tri-City Americans in exchange for a third round pick in the 2012 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Driedger joins the Hitmen with an impressive resume having recently attended Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence goaltending camp where he was one of just 16 invites, including four from the WHL.

The 6’2” 175lbs. Winnipeg, MB product is coming off a solid rookie season in the WHL where he posted a record of 6-6-0-1 with a 3.50 goals against average and a .881 save percentage with the Americans.

Driedger also played in the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge this past holiday season as the number one goalie for Team West.

“We are very excited to acquire an elite up and coming goaltender in our league,” says Kisio.  “Chris will help shore up our goaltending and put our club in a strong position for the future.”

Driedger joins fellow goaltenders 20-year-old Michael Snider and 19-year-old Brandon Glover on the Hitmen roster.

CHRIS DRIEDGER – GOALTENDER
HOMETOWN:   
Winnipeg, MB (May 18, 1994)
HEIGHT:
   6’2”      WEIGHT:   175 lbs.
DID YOU KNOW? 
Driedger backstopped Manitoba to a silver medal at the 2009 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.

Regular Season Stats

Season

Team

GP

MP

Record

GAA

SV%

2010-11 WHL Season

Tri-City Americans

22

977

6-6-0-1

3.50

.881

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KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has traded 17-year-old goaltender Chris Driedger to the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for a 3rd round pick in the 2012 Bantam Draft.

Driedger, listed at 6’2 175 pounds, had a solid rookie season with Tri-City, appearing in 22 games while compiling a 6-6-0-1 record.  The Winnipeg, Manitoba native finished his first WHL season with a 3.50 goals against average and a 0.881 save percentage, all as a 16-year-old.  Driedger also got a taste of international competition in 2010-11, serving as the starting goaltender for Team West at the 2011 World U17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg.  In four tournament games, Driedger compiled a 3.26 goals against average and a 0.880 save percentage.  As a 15-year-old, Driedger also led Team Manitoba to a silver medal at the 2009 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.  This off-season, Driedger served as the only WHL goaltender to earn an invitation to Hockey Canada’s annual U18 Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp this past June.

“With our depth at the goaltender position, a trade with going to be necessary sooner or later,” Tory explained.  “Going into his NHL Draft year, Chris deserves a chance to play more WHL games that he did last year and I could not guarantee that would occur for him here.”

“Calgary is a good fit for him and this helps us replenish some (Bantam) Draft picks that we have given up in the past,” continued Tory.  “We thank Chris for all his contributions to our team and wish him nothing but the best in Calgary.”

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