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Raiders acquire Leason from Americans for pick

Judy Simpson

The Prince Albert Raiders and Tri-City Americans completed a trade late Wednesday night.

Heading to the Raiders is center Brett Leason (1999) while the Americans will receive a third-round selection in the 2018 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. The pick originally belonged to the Americans and was originally dealt to the Raiders in a deal involving Rylan Parenteau last season.

“Brett will be a good compliment to our group of forwards,” Raiders general manager Curtis Hunt said. “He has good size and a good hockey sense.”

Leason has appeared in 81 games with the Americans since the 2015-16 WHL season, collecting 19 points (9G-10A). The majority of those points came in the 2016-17 season, when Leason played in 68 games, scoring 18 points (8G-10A), adding one power play goal and one short-handed marker while also earning six penalty minutes.

In a release issued by the team, Americans general manager Bob Tory noted that the move was made largely due to the team’s abundance of forwards.

“To receive a quality draft pick in a return, we needed to move a good player,” Tory added. “We wish Brett all the best with his career in Prince Albert.”

Originally from Calgary, Alta., the 6-foot-4, 206-pound Leason was originally selected by the Americans in the third round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, 50th overall.

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