Chiefs acquire goaltender Brkin from ICE for draft pick

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The Kootenay ICE continued to shuffle their roster Monday, sending goaltender Bailey Brkin (1999) to the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for an eighth-round pick in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Brkin, a 6-foot-2, 177-pound product of Sherwood Park, Alta., was moved hours after the ICE made a deal with another U.S. Division club, acquiring Matt Berlin (1998) from the Seattle Thunderbirds.

In 23 games with the ICE this season, Brkin has put together a 7-12-2-0 record, 4.51 goals against average and .874 SV%. Brkin and teammate Duncan McGovern had largely split time in net this season over the team’s first 42 games.

“We’re excited to add Bailey to our organization,” Chiefs’ general manager Scott Carter said. “He has WHL experience and potential to be a valuable goalie in our league.”

The Chiefs are in action Tuesday, January 9 (7:00 p.m. PST), invading the Sandman Centre to take on the Kamloops Blazers. Up next for the ICE is a road date Saturday, January 13 (7:00 p.m. MST) against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

The WHL’s Trade Deadline is Wednesday, January 10 at 3 p.m. MT.

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