Giants, ICE swap McNabb & Hines in one-for-one deal


The Kootenay ICE and Vancouver Giants came together on a deal Friday, sending defenceman Dallas Hines to the Giants in exchange for forward Cyle McNabb.

A 20-year-old product of Marwayne, Alta., Hines will provide 221 WHL regular season games of experience to the Giants’ blue line. The 6-foot-3, 196-pound forward was originally selected in the fifth round, 97th overall, at the 2013 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Hines made his WHL debut on September 25, 2015 with the ICE and scored the first goal of his WHL career November 6, 2015 against the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Overall, Hines has 68 points (16G-52A) during his WHL career, including eight power-play goals and three game-winning goals.

“Dallas has been an important member of our team and leader in the community,” said ICE President and General Manager Matt Cockell. “We wish him the best of luck in Vancouver.”

Headed the other way in the deal is McNabb, a 18-year-old forward from Winnipeg, Man. The 6-foot-1, 191-pound forward was listed by the Giants on September 5, 2016 and has played in 95 WHL regular season games during the course of his career since then, totaling 11 points (2G-9A), including one game-winning goal.

McNabb made his WHL debut on September 22, 2017 and scored his first goal October 7, 2017 against the Tri-City Americans. McNabb has also appeared in six WHL playoff games.

A product of the Rink Hockey Academy Prep program, McNabb recorded 25 points (9G-16A) in 29 games during the 2016-17 season in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.

The Giants are in action Friday, January 4 (7:00 p.m. MT) against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The ICE are on the road against the Medicine Hat Tigers Friday, January 4 (7:30 p.m. CT).

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