Thunderbirds acquire McIsaac from ICE for draft pick


The Kootenay ICE and Seattle Thunderbirds completed another deal Wednesday, sending 2000-born defenceman Payton McIsaac to the Evergreen State.

In return, the ICE received a ninth-round selection in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

A 17-year-old product of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., McIsaac was originally selected in the second round, 39th overall, by the Saskatoon Blades in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. Since then, he’s appeared in 12 WHL regular season games, recording one assist and 10 penalty minutes along with a plus-three rating, all with the Blades.

The 5-foot-11, 177-pound defenceman is a product of the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers program and was named the Top Defenceman in the Alberta Major Bantam AAA Hockey League during the 2014-15 AMBHL season. He’s also appeared in 50 games with the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

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