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Kelowna Rockets acquire rights to Alex Swetlikoff from Hurricanes

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Alex Swetlikoff’s rights have been traded to his hometown Kelowna Rockets in a Thursday deal with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

In return for the rights to the 17-year-old forward, the Hurricanes received a fourth-round selection in the 2022 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Originally selected in the third round, 62nd overall, of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, Swetlikoff is a 6-foot-2, 179-pound product of Kelowna, B.C. On May 3, 2018, the Hurricanes acquired Swetlikoff’s rights from the Thunderbirds in exchange for defenceman Kirby Proctor.

“We had an opportunity to pick up the rights to a quality player,” said Rockets General Manager Bruce Hamilton. “He’s a very talented player that would bring depth to our organization.”

Swetlikoff is a product of the Yale Hockey Academy in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League. In the 2016-17 CSSHL season, Swetlikoff finished third in team scoring with 45 points (19G-26A) in 28 games, ranking only behind Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Dylan Cozens and Medicine Hat Tigers forward Josh Williams. During the 2015-16 CSSHL Bantam season, Swetlikoff captured a league championship with the YHA Lions.

NHL Central Scouting gave Swetlikoff a ‘C’ rating on their updated ‘Players to Watch’ List ahead of the 2019 NHL Draft, which was released in November 2018. For the start of the 2017-18 season, Swetlikoff joined the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League. In 78 games over the past two seasons, Swetlikoff has 35 points (11G-24A). At the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Swetlikoff represented Canada White.

The Rockets are back in action Friday, December 7 (7:05 p.m. PT), playing host to the Victoria Royals. the Hurricanes are on the ice next south of the border against the Spokane Chiefs on Friday, December 7 (7:05 p.m. PT).

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