The Kootenay ICE and Lethbridge Hurricanes each added some young depth to their lineups after swapping 2000-born players on Monday morning.
From the ICE, the Hurricanes acquired the playing rights for 16-year-old forward Austin Wong in exchange for defenceman Tyler Strath and a conditional fifth round draft pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.
Wong, who turns 17 on Saturday, spent the 2016-2017 season with the Okotoks Oilers in the Alberta Junior Hockey League where he recorded 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) along with 150 penalty minutes in 53 games.
He is the younger brother of former Hurricanes captain Tyler Wong.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound forward added an additional five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and 36 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games.
“Austin played Junior-A last year as a 16-year-old in Okotoks and had a good season. Okotoks has done a nice job developing him and we are excited to acquire his rights from Kootenay,” said Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt. “We think this moves helps build the depth to our 2000-born age group. Obviously there is a history with the family, so we know the pedigree with what we are acquiring in Austin.”
In 2015-2016, Wong racked up an impressive 75 points (44 goals, 31 assists) and 72 penalty minutes in 37 games with the AC Avalanche Minor Midget AAA in the Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League. He was originally drafted by the Ice in the 11th round, 232nd overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. Wong will attend Hurricanes training camp this weekend.
The 2000-born Strath spent the 2016-17 season with the Foothills CFR Bisons of the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound defenceman recorded 10 assists in 43 games with the Bisons last season, while also playing one game with the Hurricanes.
“Tyler skates well, is a good puck mover and we expect him to compete for a roster spot as a 17 year old player,” said ICE President and General Manager Matt Cockell.
Strath was drafted by the Hurricanes in the third round, 59th overall in 2015.