ICE acquire Baer from Hurricanes for Elmer, pick


The Kootenay ICE continued to be active on the trade front Monday, making a deal with a Central Division rival.

Heading to the ICE is Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Alec Baer (1997) while the Hurricanes received winger Jake Elmer (1998) and a fifth-round selection in the 2018 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft that previously belonged to the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Baer is another offensive addition to the ICE’s core. Splitting last season between the Vancouver Giants and the Hurricanes, the St. Louis Park, Minn. native tallied 15 goals and 39 points in 69 games. He also had 22 penalty minutes and scored four goals on the power play.

Overall, Baer has 56 goals and 126 points in 270 regular season games of WHL experience. He’s also appeared in 24 playoff games, scoring four goals and 13 points.

Elmer’s acquisition brings a young contributor to the Hurricanes’ lineup. After going pointless in 20 games with the Regina Pats between 2014 and 2016, Elmer spent the majority of the 2016-17 campaign with the ICE, scoring seven goals and 16 points in 46 games to lead all rookies on his team.


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