The Swift Current Broncos have added hometown talent into the team’s fold ahead of the 2019-20 Western Hockey League Regular Season.
Hendrik De Klerk, a 16-year-old defenceman, is on his way to the Broncos from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2022 WHL Bantam Draft both teams announced Thursday.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound product of Swift Current, Sask. was selected by the Chiefs in the seventh round, 138th overall, of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. De Klerk signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement with the Chiefs on March 1, 2019.
De Klerk spent the majority of the 2018-19 season with the Swift Current Legionnaires of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, recording 37 points (6G-31A) in 44 games. He added a single assist in three playoff games. The SMHL later named De Klerk to the league’s second All-Star team.
He also appeared in a two games with the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League last season, one in the regular season and one in the playoffs. He recorded an assist in the regular season game.
De Klerk already has experience in winning in Swift Current. During the 2016-17 season, he won a Bantam AA Championship with the Swift Current Bantam AA Broncos.