The Kootenay ICE continued to scour the trade front Wednesday in a bid to improve their roster, acquiring Kurtis Chapman (1998) from the Regina Pats in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick.
Chapman, a native of Airdrie, Alta., brings plenty of experience to his new club. A product of the UFA Bisons Midget AAA program in the Alberta Midget Hockey League, Chapman won a provincial championship with the team in the 2014-15 season.
From there, Chapman played Junior A hockey in Alberta and Saskatchewan, earning his first call-up to the Pats in the 2015-16 season. Chapman found success in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, where he won the Turnbull Cup with the Portage Terriers as league champions in the 2016-17 season.
Chapman appeared in two more contests with the Pats during that same season, playing in 39 minutes of game action and taking the loss in one of the contests.
“Kurtis is an experienced goaltender that will compete for [the] ICE,” said Matt Cockell, President and General Manager. “We are looking for someone to earn the opportunity to play goal for our team.
“We have a competition and Kurtis will be in the thick of it.”
The trade is the second the ICE have made with an East Division squad after a Sunday trade brought Bailey Brkin to the team from the Swift Current Broncos.
The Pats continue their pre-season Friday when they host the Prince Albert Raiders while the ICE are in action Friday in Crowsnest Pass, Alta. for a game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.