The Seattle Thunderbirds added some veteran depth to the blueline, acquiring defenceman Aaron Hyman from the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for a third round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft on Tuesday.
“We are excited to add Aaron to our team,” said Russ Farwell, general manager of the Seattle Thunderbirds, in a team release. “We wanted to strengthen our defense for the second half of the season and this is a great addition to address this.”
Hyman, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound product of Calgary, is an 18-year-old veteran of 74 career WHL regular season contests, having amassed 12 points (2G-10A) along the way.
“It is difficult to move a player that has been a part of the Hitmen organization since the Bantam Draft in 2013,” said Mike Moore, general manager and vice-president of business for the Hitmen, in a team release. “As a hometown player, Aaron has been an excellent ambassador for our organization and city. We feel this is a good opportunity for him and wish him the very best in Seattle.”
Originally a third round pick (49th) by the Hitmen at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Hyman attended pro camp on a free-agent tryout with the NHL’s Calgary Flames this past fall and has since posted a career high eight points (1G-7A) in 28 games this season.
The Thunderbirds host the Spokane Chiefs Tuesday night as the holiday break comes to a close for both clubs.