The Calgary Hitmen have acquired 18-year-old goaltender Carl Stankowski and conditional fourth-round selection in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft in exchange for the rights to 17-year-old Mike Koster, an eighth-round pick in 2019 and a conditional fourth-round selection in either the 2019 or 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.
“Despite missing all of last season, Carl has a winning pedigree leading Seattle to a WHL Championship in 2017 as a 16-year-old,” said Hitmen general manager Jeff Chynoweth. “You can never have enough depth in goal and we expect Carl to be ready to hit the ice come training camp which opens August 24th.”
“Carl’s medical needs have become very significant and we felt that being close to his home in Calgary would allow his family to more closely monitor his needs,” said La Forge. “Carl was a very important part of the team winning the 2017 WHL Championship and we thank him for all his contributions to the Thunderbirds.”
Stankowski, a native of Calgary, Alta. has an impressive resume, including an Ed Chynoweth Cup with the Thunderbirds after posting a 2.50 GAA and .911 SVS% in 20 playoff games. In 2015-16, Stankowski posted a 1.88 GAA and a .920 SVS% in 16 games with the Calgary AAA Bantam Flames. After being selected by the Thunderbirds in the second round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, he backstopped the Anaheim Jr. Ducks 16U where he posted 1.87 GAA and a .935 SVS% in 16 games. The following season he won the Ed Chynoweth Cup with Seattle and unfortunately missed the entire 2017-18 season due to injury.
Mike Koster, a product of Chaska Minnesota, played last season in the USHL with the Tri-City Storm. The 5-foot-10 defenceman recorded 10 points (2G-8A) in 21 games, adding one assist in two playoff appearances.
“Koster is an elite defenseman that is NCAA committed,” said La Forge. “We feel that we will provide him with a very viable option going forward. We look forward to opening the lines of communication with him.”