The Red Deer Rebels and Lethbridge Hurricanes made a minor deal Thursday, sending 20-year-old forward Jack Flamen north to central Alberta in exchange for the Western Hockey League overage transfer fee.
Flaman, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound center from Vibank, Sask., will be joining his third WHL team in his fourth season in the league. To date, Flaman has 32 points (20G-12A) in 154 WHL regular season games split between the Portland Winterhawks, Vancouver Giants and Lethbridge Hurricanes. He’s also added 58 penalty minutes in that same span.
“It was a tough decision to trade Jack,” Hurricanes general manager Peter Anholt said. “He made decisions hard, but we feel with having the two overagers on the back-end makes us a little bit harder to play against and score against.
“We’re happy to be able to have Jack stay in the league, albeit within our division, and we wish him all the best.”
The move was beneficial for both sides. With Flaman’s departure, the Hurricanes are now carrying just three overage players: Giorgio Estephan, Tate Olson and Brennan Riddle. For the Rebels, Flaman will add some offensive and physical punch for a Rebels squad that has dropped three of their past four games and sit in a three-way tie for second in the Central Division with 12 points.
The division is shaping up to be a tight race, with three points separating second through sixth in the division.
In a corresponding move, the Rebels announced that 20-year-old goaltender Lasse Petersen had been placed on WHL waivers to stay within the overage limit.