Days after moving overage defenceman Dallas Hines, the Kootenay ICE have filled their 20-year-old void with the signing of 1998-born goaltender Curtis Meger to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.
The 6-foot-1 Meger, a product of Regina, dressed for 27 WHL games with the Prince Albert Raiders in 2017-18, securing a record of 8-10-5-1 with a 3.43 goals-against average and .886 save percentage.
With the addition of Meger, the ICE now carry three overage players, including right winger Jaeger White and import defenceman Martin Bodak. The aforementioned Hines was moved to the Vancouver Giants last week, opening up the overage slot for Meger.
Originally listed by the Raiders as a 16-year-old, Meger was released by the Club in September 2018 before catching on with the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. In 20 games this season with the Bobcats, Meger is 4-14-0-0 with a 4.02 GAA and .892 SV%.
Prior to his junior days, Meger was a star with the Regina Pat Canadians of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. In 2014-15, he helped the Pat Canadians claim the SMHL Championship and was named Top Goaltender in the SMHL. From there, Meger and the Pat Canadians scored a bronze medal at the Telus Cup – Canada’s national Midget championship.
Meger was once again named the Top Goaltender in the SMHL for his performance during the 2015-16 season as he logged a 1.68 GAA.
The veteran netminder is expected to join the ICE immediately and will remain with the Club for the duration of the 2018-19 WHL season. Next up for Kootenay is a Wednesday road date (7 p.m. MT) against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.