The Regina Pats and Kootenay ICE came together on an early Thursday deal, sending defenceman Marco Creta and forward Blake Allan to new clubs.
Allan, a product of Davidson, Sask., is heading back to his home province following the deal. The 6-foot-1, 166-pound forward was originally selected by the ICE KTN in the third round, 56th overall, of the 2016 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Allan made his WHL debut with the ICE on February 6, 2018 and later scored the first goal of his WHL career on March 11, 2018 against the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Overall, the 17-year-old Allan has appeared in 35 WHL regular season games with the ICE, recording five points (1G-4A).
“We are excited to add Blake to our group,” said Pats VP of Hockey Operations and general manager John Paddock. “We are able to get a year younger in the trade and he will fit in nicely with our forwards.”
Heading the other way in the deal is Creta, an 18-year-old product of Oak Bluff, Man. The 5-foot-9, 164-pound defender made his WHL debut with the Pats on September 23, 2017, later scoring the first goal of his WHL career October 20, 2017 against the Victoria Royals. The defenceman has appeared in 66 WHL regular season games, posting 14 points (3G-11A), including one game-winning goal.
The Pats are back in action Friday, January 4 (7:00 p.m. CT) on the road against the Saskatoon Blades. The ICE are on the road next as well, taking on the Medicine Hat Tigers Friday, January 4 (7:00 p.m. MT).