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Hurricanes strengthen defence with addition of Prowse from Royals

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The Lethbridge Hurricanes and Victoria Royals have come together on a Friday trade, sending 19-year-old defenceman Mitchell Prowse to southern Alberta.

In the deal, the Hurricanes also acquired an eight-round selection the 2022 WHL Bantam Draft and a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2023 WHL Bantam Draft.

Headed to the Royals in the deal is 18-year-old forward Nick Dorrington, a seventh-round selection in Wednesday’s 2020 WHL Bantam Draft, and a fourth-round selection in the 2021 WHL Bantam Draft.

“We are really excited to add Prowse to our group for next season,” said Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt. “We feel this is a strong add and an important piece for us.”

Prowse is a strong add for the Hurricanes’ blue line. A 6-foot-2, 200-pound product of Kelowna, B.C., Prowse posted a career-high 33 points (3G-30A), including one game-winning goal, during the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season.

For his WHL career, Prowse has appeared in 239 WHL regular season games, totalling 81 points (9G-72A), including one power-play goal and one game-winning goal. He’s also added eight points (1G-7A) in 23 WHL playoff games. At the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, Prowse was chosen in the second round, 35th overall.

“Mitch has been an exceptional Victoria Royal, on and off the ice, and we thank him for his hard work and dedication over these past four seasons,” said Royals’ President and General Manager Cameron Hope. “It is not an easy decision to say goodbye to a player like Mitch. He and his family have been a part of our family since his WHL draft day. We wish him success in Lethbridge.”

 

In Dorrington, the Royals add an intriguing young forward to their team. Signed to a WHL Standard Player Agreement by the Hurricanes in August 2018, Dorrington appeared in 36 games during the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season, recording two points (1G-1A). The 6-foot-3, 180-pound forward is a product of Langley, B.C.

Dorrington played the 2018-19 season in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) at Yale Hockey Academy, alongside defenceman and current Royal Nolan Bentham. In 35 games that season, Dorrington recorded 15 points (8G-7A).

The 2020 WHL Bantam Draft will be held online this coming Wednesday, April 22, at WHL.ca/draft.

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