The Kootenay ICE have acquired defenceman Kurtis Rutledge from the Tri-City Americans in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. The two teams announced the deal Saturday night.
“With the long-term injury to Nikita Radzivilyuk, we are down to six healthy defencemen and needed to add a body to our roster,” said Jeff Chynoweth, president and general manager of the ICE, in a team release. “Kurtis has experience in the league and will provide much-needed depth to our blueline.”
Rutledge, a 19-year-old product of Calgary, has 84 career WHL regular season appearances under his belt, tallying 11 points (3G-8A) along the way. He was originally an eighth round pick (163rd) of the Americans at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
“We wish Kurtis all the best in Kootenay and in continuing his hockey career,” said Bob Tory, governor and general manager of the Americans, in a team release.
The ICE lost the services of their Russian import Radzivilyuk earlier this week when he suffered an upper body injury. To top it off, defenceman Troy Murray was lost to a four-game suspension as well.
Fresh off a 3-2 road win over the Portland Winterhawks, the ICE return home to host the Regina Pats Tuesday night (7 p.m. Mountain).