The Seattle Thunderbirds added another piece to their blue line Monday, acquiring 18-year-old Loeden Schaufler from the Kootenay ICE.
The ICE also sent a a ninth-round selection in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft and future conditional WHL Bantam Draft picks in the deal.
In return, the ICE received 17-year-old forward Eric Fawkes.
“We are excited to acquire Schaufler and add depth to our backend,” said Thunderbirds General Manager Bil La Forge. “He will be able to step in and help us very quickly.”
Schaufler, a 6-foot-1, 184-pound product of DeWinton, Alta. was originally selected by the ICE in the third round, 56th overall, of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. Since then, he’s appeared in 37 WHL regular season games, recording six assists. Schaufler has appeared in one game during the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season.
Before joining the ICE, the right-shot defenceman played for the Notre Dame Midget AAA Hounds of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, recording 42 points (12G-30A) in 79 regular season games. He also appeared in 17 SMHL playoff games, recording three points (1G-2A), helping the team with the league championship in the 2015-16 campaign.
Fawkes is an intriguing add for the ICE. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound product of Winnipeg, Man. was selected in the second round, 40th overall, by the Thunderbirds in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. The young forward has experienced success for three-straight seasons, winning a Winnipeg Bantam AAA Championship with the Winnipeg Monarchs in the 2015-16 campaign followed by back-to-back Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League titles with the Winnipeg AAA Wild in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
In 87 regular season games at the MMHL level, Fawkes has recorded 115 points (47G-68A), adding nine points (3G-6A) in 21 MMHL playoff games. This season, Fawkes has appeared in seven games with the Winkler Flyers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, recording three assists.
The ICE are back in action Monday, October 8 (4:00 p.m. MT), playing host to the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Thunderbirds are on the road for a mid-week battle against the Kelowna Rockets Wednesday, October 10 (7:05 p.m. PT) to conclude a home-and-home series.