ICE acquire de Wit from Pats for Sidaway, pick


The Kootenay ICE and Regina Pats swapped forwards Tuesday.

On the way to the Queen City is Tanner Sidaway (1999), a 6-foot-0, 181-pound right winger and a seventh-round draft pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. Headed to Cranbrook is 6-foot-3, 201-pound center Jeff de Wit (1998).

“We are excited to add Tanner to our team,” said Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock. “He is a fast and hardworking player that will add to our depth up front.”

Sidaway, a product of Victoria, B.C. has played in 72 WHL regular season games, scoring three goals and 10 points. He also has 72 penalty minutes in his name. De Wit was a mid-season acquisition from the Red Deer Rebels for John Paddock during the 2016-17 campaign. In 37 games with the Pats this year, de Wit has six goals and nine points as well as 17 penalty minutes to his credit. Over his 211-game WHL career between Regina and Red Deer, de Wit has 20 goals and 54 points as well as 89 penalty minutes.

De Wit’s acquisition also adds some significant playoff experience for the ICE. De Wit played with the Rebels during the 2015-16 season, appearing in four games at the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup in his home town of Red Deer, Alta. Overall, de Wit has appeared in 41 post-season contests, scoring eight goals and 14 points along the way.

“Jeff has played on winning teams in Red Deer and Regina, two very good programs,” said Matt Cockell, President and General Manager. “We look forward to getting him in our lineup.”

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