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Silvertips bolster forward core with addition of Holmes from Pats

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The Everett Silvertips will look to a product of Sherwood Park, Alta. to help them in their drive to return to the Western Hockey League Championship Series.

In a late Thursday deal, the Everett Silvertips acquired 19-year-old Robbie Holmes from the Regina Pats in exchange for a a package of three assets that includes 15-year-old forward Sloan Stanick.

As part of the deal, the Pats also acquired a second-round selection in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft and a sixth-round selection in the 2022 WHL Bantam Draft.

“We wish Robbie all the best in Everett,” said Pats VP of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Paddock. “He has been a great player on and off the ice here in Regina and been a big part of our success over the last four years.”

Holmes is the big piece in the deal in the short term. Originally selected in the 11th round, 232nd overall, by the Pats at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, the 6-foot-2, 186-pound Holmes has provided consistent secondary scoring for the Pats and should be a solid fit for the Silvertips’ middle six.

He’s spent the entirety of his 148-game WHL career with the Pats, making his WHL debut on January 29, 2016, scoring his first goal that same night against the Saskatoon Blades. In those 148 games, Holmes has recorded 56 points (29G-27A), including five power-play goals and two game-winning goals.

“Reinforcing the depth of our lineup is an imperative need for us at this time of year and Robbie Holmes is a player who delivers qualities that we’ve recognized as a terrific fit down the stretch,” said Silvertips General Manager Garry Davidson. “His size makes for a difficult body to move off the puck, his speed is a suitable asset for our identity, and his experience in the postseason is valuable element for our team. We welcome Robbie to the Silvertips family and look forward to his arrival soon in Everett.”

In 35 WHL Playoff games, Holmes has recorded nine points (5G-4A), including one game-winning goal.

Also involved in the deal is the 15-year-old Stanick, a 5-foot-9, 152-pound product of Rapid City, Man. The Silvertips selected Stanick in the seventh round, 145th overall, of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. Playing his first season for the Yellowhead Midget AAA Chiefs, Stanick has 24 points (12G-12A) in 31 games. With their Bantam AAA team last year, Stanick had 59 points (28G-31A) in 36 games.

Stanick was made the second overall selection at the 2018 Manitoba Junior Hockey League Draft by the Dauhpin Kings. Sloan’s brother Slade is a listed prospect of the Silvertips as well.

The Silvertips return to the ice Friday, January 11 (7:35 p.m. PT) at home against the Tri-City Americans. The Pats are in action next against the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday, January 11 (7:30 p.m. MT).

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