The Calgary Hitmen have acquired goaltender Nick Schneider from the Medicine Hat Tigers.
The two teams announced the deal Friday morning, with the Tigers receiving a fourth-round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft in exchange for Schneider’s services.
“We would like to thank Nick for his contributions both on and off the ice,” said Shaun Clouston, head coach and general manager of the Tigers. “We wish Nick all the best in Calgary with the Hitmen.”
Schneider, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Calgary Flames back in September 2015, appeared in 47 games with the Tigers during the 2016-17 WHL campaign, earning a career-high 32 wins with a record of 32-11-1-0, goals-against average of 3.43 and save percentage of .886.
A 6-foot-3, 178-pound product of Leduc, Alta., Schneider will turn 20 on July 21. He began his WHL career with the Regina Pats, signing with the club in September 2013. Over the course of 142 career WHL regular season games, Schneider is 76-47-3-2 with a 3.30 GAA, .876 SV% and three shutouts.
Nick created his own community program in 16-17, Schneider's Student of the Month, providing some great memories with the kids of MH pic.twitter.com/TfFUrwxeHT
— Medicine Hat Tigers (@tigershockey) May 26, 2017
For the Tigers, Schneider began expendable after they acquired 18-year-old goaltender Jordan Hollett from the Regina Pats earlier in the week, while also still having overage netminder Michael Bullion in the fold.
In Calgary, Schneider joins a Hitmen club that is carrying 1997-born Cody Porter – who turns 20 in September – along with 1998-born Kyle Dumba. In the overage category, the Hitmen have a number of eligible returners, including forwards Jakob Stukel and Matteo Gennaro, as well as defencemen Jaydan Gordon and Brady Reagan.
Both Stukel and Gennaro have been drafted, by the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets, respectively, though both have yet to sign an entry-level contract and could very well return to the WHL for the 2017-18 campaign.