ICE acquire veteran rearguard Hartje from Wheat Kings

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The Kootenay ICE have acquired veteran defenceman Chase Hartje from the Brandon Wheat Kings in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.

Hartje is a product of Bemidji, Minn., and a veteran of 93 career WHL games.

“Chase will add skill and experience to our blue line immediately,” said Matt Cockell, president and general manager of the ICE, in a team release. “We are excited to add him to our group and expect him to be a solid 20-year-old player for our team next season.”

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound blueliner enjoyed a solid breakout campaign during his rookie season, notching 25 points (3G-22A) in 58 games split between the Moose Jaw Warriors and Brandon Wheat Kings.

To this point in 2018-19, the mobile rearguard has registered 12 points (4G-8A) in 35 contests, and has logged a plus-11 rating with the Wheat Kings.

Hartje originally signed his WHL Standard Player Agreement with the Warriors in April 2017. On January 10, 2018, he was part of a blockbuster deal that saw Los Angeles Kings prospect Kale Clague moved from Brandon to Moose Jaw.

This represents the second former Warriors defenceman acquired by the ICE in the past two days, after Brendan Kwiatkowski was added in a trade with Moose Jaw on Wednesday.

The ICE are set to visit the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday evening (7 p.m. MT).

The 2019 WHL Trade Deadline arrives Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. MT.

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