Sanders joins Hitmen crease crew following deal with Raiders


The Calgary Hitmen have added 19-year-old goaltender Nicholas Sanders, sending a sixth-round pick in 2019 WHL Bantam Draft to the Prince Albert Raiders.

“With 67 games of WHL experience, we feel Nick can not only help us push for a playoff spot this season, but audition to be one of our three overages next year,” said Jeff Chynoweth, general manager of the Hitmen, in a team release.

Sanders, a product of Calgary, returns home following stints with the Tri-City Americans and Raiders. Selected in the sixth round (125th) of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Sanders spent parts of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns in Kennewick before being moved to Prince Albert, where he helped backstop the Raiders during the 2016-17 season.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound netminder saw action in a career-high 37 outings during 2016-17, including 34 with the Raiders, sporting a 3.80 goals-against average, .892 save percentage and and a record of 8-12-2-2. Over 67 career WHL games, Sanders has gone 19-22-3-3 with a 3.61 GAA and .890 SV%.

Sanders has spent the bulk of the 2017-18 season with the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, where he has maintained a record of 6-5-2 in 13 appearances while sporting a 2.96 GAA and .915 SV%.

He joins overage veteran Nick Schneider and 18-year-old Matthew Armitage in the Calgary crease.

Prior to his WHL days, Sanders grew up playing minor hockey in Calgary for the AAA Bantam Bisons and AAA Midget Buffaloes.

The Hitmen return to action Wednesday, January 10 at 7 p.m. ST when they visit the Moose Jaw Warriors.

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