The Everett Silvertips have added some extra defensive help after acquiring 18-year-old defenseman Riley Bruce from the Regina Pats, Thursday morning.
In exchange, the Pats receive a conditional selection in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.
Bruce has suited up in 20 career games with the Regina Pats, earning a goal, two assists, 13 penalty minutes, and a plus-one rating.
“Riley is a defenseman with experience, size, and a reputation for a hard-nosed approach,” said Davidson. “He is a player we saw potential in and kept our eye on, leading up to his selection in the bantam draft. We’re looking forward to welcoming him to the Pacific Northwest.”
The 6-foot-2 and 190 pound blueliner last season split his time between Regina, where he had three points in 18 games and the Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) where he collected four points and 102 penalty minutes in 14 games.
The native of Winnipeg, Manitoba made his WHL debut with Regina in 2015-16 and skated for most of the year with the Winnipeg Thrashers (MMHL) where he led the club’s defensemen with nine goals and had 25 points in 29 games, additionally leading the league with 140 penalty minutes.
That season, Bruce was teammates with current Silvertips forward Brandson Hein.
Bruce was originally selected by Regina in the fifth round, 101st overall in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.