Hurricanes, Giants swap overagers in Monday deal

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The Vancouver Giants and Lethbridge Hurricanes swapped overage players in a Monday afternoon one-for-one deal.

Heading to southern Alberta is forward Brad Morrison, a 6-foot-0, 171-pound product of Prince George, B.C. In 42 games with the Giants this season, Morrison had 35 points (11G-24A), including four power-play goals.

Originally drafted by his hometown Prince George Cougars with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, Morrison has played in 302 career WHL games, recording 223 points (96G-127A), including 23 power-play goals and 15 short-handed goals.

In 11 career WHL playoff games, Morrison has 11 points (3G-8A), including one power-play goal.

“It’s always tough to trade a good guy and [Brennan] was a real good player for us last year, but that’s the nature of the business. He played so well for us and continued to improve his stock to the point where we move him and are able to add to our forward group,” Hurricanes general manager Peter Anholt said. “Morrison’s a real skilled player. He’s a proven skilled player at our level and should help us out up front.”

Headed the other way in the deal is defenceman Brennan Riddle, a 6-foot-2, 197-pound product of Balgonie, Sask. Originally drafted by the Calgary Hitmen 17th overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, Riddle has six points (1G-5A) in 37 games this season. In 216 career WHL regular season games, between the Prince Albert Raiders and Hurricanes, Riddle has 34 points (5G-29A) and 167 penalty minutes.

Riddle also has 22 games of WHL playoff experience, tallying four points (1G-3A) and eight penalty minutes.

The Giants are next in action Tuesday, January 9 (7:00 p.m. PST), heading north to battle the Prince George Cougars. The Hurricanes are at home Tuesday, January 9 (7:00 p.m. MST), hosting the Red Deer Rebels.

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