Broncos get gritty with acquisition of Fyten from Hitmen

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If life in the East Division wasn’t already tough enough, it just got a little bit tougher.

The Swift Current Broncos have acquired 19-year-old forward Andrew Fyten from the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for the rights to 17-year-old defenceman Ethan Martini and a conditional third-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.

Fyten – a 6-foot-1, 190-pound product of Sundre, Alta. – is in his third WHL campaign after being selected by the Everett Silvertips in the fifth round (108th) of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Acquired by the Hitmen from the Silvertips in May 2015, Fyten has skated in 155 career WHL regular season contests, collecting 35 points (14G-21A) and 210 penalty minutes along the way. He is in midst of a career season with 16 points (6G-10A) in 40 games with the Hitmen.

This marks the second deal of the day for the Broncos, who earlier in the morning kicked up dust with the acquisition of 20-year-old forward Giorgio Estephan, Edmonton Oilers prospect goaltender Stuart Skinner and tough-as-nails forward Tanner Nagel from the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Heading to Calgary in the Fyten transaction is the rights to Martini. Selected by the Broncos in the third round (54th) of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, the 6-foot-6, 181-pound product of Trail, B.C., has spent the previous two campaigns with the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BC Hockey League. Over 98 career BCHL regular season contests, Martini has 11 points (1G-10A) and 191 penalty minutes to his credit.

“Ethan is an unsigned prospect, but we believe he has the ability to be a physical shutdown defenceman in our league,” said Jeff Chynoweth, general manager of the Hitmen, in a team release. “The Hitmen would also like to thank Andrew for his contributions to our organization both on and off the ice.”

Martini did spend a chunk of his formative years playing in Calgary at Edge School from 2014-15 through 2015-16.

The conditions on the pick involved in the trade is that the Hitmen will receive the Broncos 2020 third-round selection should Martini not sign a WHL standard player agreement.

Next up for the new-look Broncos is a date with the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday, January 12 at 7 p.m. ST. Meanwhile, the Hitmen are on the road to take on the Moose Jaw Warriors Wednesday, January 10 at 7 p.m. ST.

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