The Winnipeg ICE announced a pair of additions to their roster Wednesday.
Goaltender Liam Hughes and defenceman Ty Ettinger have been added to the roster of the East Division team.
Adding the 20-year-old Hughes to the team’s crease represents a significant addition to the team’s depth at the position. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound product of Kelowna, B.C. was originally selected in the seventh round, 152nd overall, of the 2014 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft by the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Appearing in 78 WHL regular season games with the Oil Kings, Seattle Thunderbirds, and Lethbridge Hurricanes, Hughes compiled a 29-35-10-2 record while maintaining a 3.38 goals-against average and a 0.903 SV%. Hughes also appeared in five games during the 2018 WHL Playoffs with the Thunderbirds, posting a 1-4 record with a 3.77 GAA, and a 0.910 SV%.
This season, Hughes had appeared in one game with the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), stopping 24 of 27 shots in a 6-3 win against the Olds Grizzlys on Saturday, November 30.
Making room for Hughes on the roster, the ICE waived 20-year-old defenceman Chase Hartje, who was claimed by the Moose Jaw Warriors. The 5-foot-11, 172-pound product of Bemidji, Minn. has eight points (2G-6A), including one game-winning goal, in 22 games with the ICE this season. He has 59 points (10G-49A), including two power-play goals and one game-winning goal, in 140 WHL regular season games for his career.
The second addition for the ICE sees the return of Ettinger to the province of Manitoba. The 19-year-old defenceman from Ardrossan, Alta. was chosen by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the fifth round, 95th overall, of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. Appearing in 77 WHL regular season games for the Wheat Kings and Vancouver Giants, Ettinger has recorded 10 points (2G-8A).
Like Hughes, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Ettinger has spent the 2019-20 season in the AJHL, playing with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons. Through 19 games, he has eight points (3G-5A), including one power-play goal and one game-winning goal.
The ICE’s next game will see them host the Swift Current Broncos on Wednesday, December 4 (6:30 p.m. CT).