Goaltender movement in the Western Hockey League continued Wednesday as the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Spokane Chiefs came together on a trade.
In the deal, Reece Klassen is headed to the U.S. Division club while the Hurricanes acquired a seventh-round selection in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.
Tuesday’s deal, which saw the Hurricanes acquire Liam Hughes from the Seattle Thunders, created a logjam in the Hurricanes’ crease, causing the move to take place. Also prompting the deal to happen was an unfortunate injury to goaltender Dawson Weatherill, that will see him miss the remainder of the season. The 19-year-old Weatherill had posted a 6-6-1-1 record, 4.33 goals-against-average, and a 0.862 save percentage in 15 games with the Chiefs this season.
“This is a tough situation for Dawson but at this point, his health is our top priority,” said Chiefs’ general manager Scott Carter. “We wish him the very best toward a full recovery.”
In Klassen, the Chiefs get a capable 19-year-old goaltender to shoulder the majority of the load as the Chiefs look to improve upon their third place spot in the U.S. Division.
“With Dawson Weatherill’s injury, we felt that we needed to pick up another goalie with WHL experience,” said general manager Scott Carter. “Reece will be a good fit in our dressing room and are excited to welcome him to our organization.”
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Klassen is a product of Cloverdale, B.C. In 26 games this season, he’s posted an 11-4-4-3 record 3.57 GAA, and a 0.891 SV%. Overall, Klassen has appeared in 49 WHL regular season games, posting a 16-12-7-3 record, 3.5 GAA, and a 0.889 SV%.
Spokane confirmed that Klassen will wear number 35 with the team. The Chiefs are back in action Friday, January 4 (7:05 p.m. PT), playing host to the Kamloops Blazers.