Noah Philp will need his passport for the next stage of his junior hockey career.
The 19 year-old Canmore, Alta. center was dealt from the Kootenay ICE to the Seattle Thunderbirds Monday in exchange for two fifth-round picks in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. The selections traded to the ICE are in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the draft.
“Noah brings us an experienced forward that has offensive potential. He has played that role in Kootenay and will get the chance to step in and do that for us this year,” said Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell.
Philp adds plenty of forward depth to the defending Ed Chynoweth Cup Champions with 14 goals and 41 points in 132 Western Hockey League games. Four of those goals have come on the power play. In two pre-season games with the Ice, Philp had a goal and two assists.
Philp could see action with the Thunderbirds as early as Friday when they travel to the XFINITY Arena for a pre-season clash with the Everett Silvertips.
“Noah has had a very good camp, we wish him the best of luck in Seattle,” said ICE president and general manager Matt Cockell.
The ICE will continue their pre-season schedule Tuesday when they face the Tri-City Americans at the Toyota Centre in Kennewick, Wash.