The Seattle Thunderbirds shored up their goaltending Monday, acquiring Liam Hughes from the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Headed back to the Oil Kings is a fourth round selection in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam draft.
Hughes, a native of Kelowna, B.C., appeared in seven games with the Oil Kings last season, sporting a 1-4-2 record along with a 3.26 goals against average and 0.895 save percentage.
He also appeared in two pre-season contests with the Oil Kings this year, allowing four goals on 36 shots in 57 minutes of work and picking up one loss.
“We are happy to add Liam to our team,” said Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell. “He had good start in the league last year before being injured. He will be a solid addition at a very key position.”
The Thunderbirds open their regular season September 23 against the Tri-City Americans at the ShoWare Centre in Kent, Wash. as they raise their championship banner from the 2016-17 season.
The Oil Kings will open their season on the road that same day against the Red Deer Rebels.