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Oil Kings send Semchuk to ICE for conditional draft pick

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The Kootenay ICE added depth on right wing Thursday morning, acquiring 19-year-old Brendan Semchuk from the Edmonton Oil Kings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.

Semchuk, a product of Kamloops, B.C., skated in two games with the Oil Kings to start the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season, registering zero points and logging a 33 per cent (2/6) success rate in the faceoff circle.

“Brendan is a player that brings experience, speed and skill to our forward group,” said Matt Cockell, President and General Manager of the ICE.

A veteran of 145 career WHL regular season games, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound right winger has 48 points (21G-27A) to his credit since being selected by the Vancouver Giants in the first round (10th) of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

The Oil Kings originally acquired Semchuk at the 2018 WHL Trade Deadline. Alongside goaltender Todd Scott and a 2018 third-round pick, Semchuk was part of Edmonton’s return in a deal that sent veteran Davis Koch and a 2019 third-round pick to the Giants.

Splitting the 2017-18 season between Vancouver and Edmonton, Semchuk enjoyed a career year with 12 goals, 14 assists and 26 points through 49 outings.

Next up for the ICE is a home date against the Spokane Chiefs on Friday, September 28 at 7 p.m. MT. Kootenay won its home opener on Saturday, defeating the Calgary Hitmen by a 5-3 margin.

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