Jesse Zaharichuk, the Kamloops Blazer’s player of the month for October, was traded to the Kootenay Ice on Sunday afternoon.
In return, the Blazers received a fifth-round selection in the 2018 bantam draft.
Zaharichuk, from Sherwood Park, Alta., had 12 points, four of them goals, in 11 games through the end of October. However, he got into only six of 10 November games, and put up just one assist.
The 5-foot-8, 155-pound Zaharichuk was a healthy scratch from the Blazers’ weekend games in Prince George against the Cougars. Kamloops won 4-3 in a shootout on Friday, before losing 7-3 on Saturday.
Last season, as a freshman, Zaharichuk had 15 points, three of them goals, in 48 games.
Zaharichuk’s first game with the Ice could be against his former team. The Ice is scheduled to open a five-game B.C. Division swing in Kamloops on Tuesday.
The Blazers now are carrying 23 players, including eight defencemen and 13 forwards.
Meanwhile, the Ice made one other trade on Sunday, acquiring F Austin Gray 18, and F Reed Morison, 17, from the Portland Winterhawks for a seventh-round selection in the 2016 bantam draft.
Gray is expected to join the Ice immediately, while Morison will remain with the AJHL’s Calgary Canucks.
The Ice roster has been hit hard with injuries, forcing it in recent days to player one or two skaters under the maximum of 18.
The Blazers (11-9-3) are fourth in the B.C. Division and hold down the Western Conference’s first wild-card playoff berth, one point ahead of the Winterhawks.
The Ice (6-19-2) is last in the 12-team Eastern Conference, 11 points out of a playoff spot.