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Rebels roll dice on Hickey

Red Deer gets right to BU defenceman
By Gregg Drinnan
August 5, 2015 3:36 A.M.






The Lethbridge Hurricanes have acquired D Arvin Atwal, who turns 20 on Nov. 26, from the Vancouver Giants for a conditional sixth-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft. . . . The Prince Albert Raiders selected Atwal, who is from Delta, B.C., in the eighth round of the 2010 bantam draft. . . . In 154 games with the Giants over four seasons, he has 58 points, including 14 goals. . . . Last season, he had 25 points, six of them goals, in 61 games. . . . “We felt that we wanted to add to our depth on the back end and when you add an older guy like that, it gives you an opportunity to play your younger guys even more,” Peter Anholt, the Hurricanes’ general manager, said in a news release. “I wanted to add a right-handed older defenseman that we could play Andrew Nielsen with and hopefully have a top-two pairing that can go head-to-head against top forwards on any other team.” . . . The Hurricanes’ roster now includes three 20-year-olds -- Atwal, F Justin Gutierrez, who turns 20 on Dec. 22, and F Cory Millette, Interestingly, Anholt also acquired Gutierrez and Millette in deals this summer, with the former coming over from the Tri-City Americans and the latter from the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . The Giants, meanwhile, would appear to have F Taylor Crunk, who was acquired on waivers from the Victoria Royals last month, F Jackson Houck and F Carter Popoff as their three 20-year-olds as of now.
The Tri-City Americans have dealt the rights to D Brandon Hickey, 19, to the Red Deer Rebels for what could turn into three bantam draft picks. The Americans get a fifth-round selection in 2016 and two conditional selections for Hickey, who played last season at Boston University, putting up 17 points, including six goals, in 41 games. . . . The Americans selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 bantam draft. The Calgary Flames selected him in the third round of the NHL’s 2014 draft. . . . Hickey has been in Calgary this week at the Canadian national junior team evaluation camp. . . . This is a good deal for both clubs. Hickey wasn’t about to report to the Americans. The Rebels are the host team for the 2016 Memorial Cup and Red Deer is awfully close to Flames countru, so this gives Hickey something to think about as he ponders a second season at BU. . . . His family lives in Leduc, Alta, which is less than 90 minutes from Red Deer, or about 50 minutes the way many Albertans drive on that highway. . . . Hickey’s brother, Tanner, is a 16-year-old defence man who is on the Rebels’ list. Last season, with the minor midget AAA Leduc Oil Kings, Tanner had 38 points, including 14 goals, in 36 games. . . . Darren Haynes, who covers the Flames for The Canadian Press, did some research and tweeted: “Number of games is big when comparing CHL and NCAA. BU and Kelowna both went to the final. Terriers played 41 games while Rockets played 96.”

A couple of hours after the trade was announced, Hickey tweeted:

Later in the day, the Rebels dealt G Taz Burman, 18, to the Seattle Thunderbirds for F Lane Pederson, who turned 18 on Tuesday, and a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft. . . . Last season, his second in Red Deer, Burman was 9-5-2, 3.08, .890 in 21 games. From Vancouver, Burman was a second-round selection by Red Deer in the 2012 bantam draft. . . . Pederson had 20 points, eight of them goals, in 63 games with Seattle in 2014-15. He was in development camp with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks last month. Pederson, from Saskatoon, was selected by Seattle in the fifth round of the 2012 bantam draft. . . . At this point, the Thunderbirds have three goaltenders who should be in the training camp mix — Burman, sophomore Logan Flodell, 18, and Ryan Gilchrist, 17, who is from Paradise Valley, Alta. A list player, Gilchrist signed with Seattle in February. . . . Flodell, a third-round pick in the 2012 draft, is from Regina. He has played in only 10 games with Seattle, nine of them last season. . . . Seattle is trying to replace Taran Kozun, who played out his eligibility last season while getting into 60 regular-season games. . . . Red Deer’s goaltending depth chart now is headed up by Rylan Toth, a 19-year-old from Saskatoon, and Trevor Martin, 18, from Ardrossan, Alta. Last season, Toth was 28-18-9, 2.84, .904 in 56 games. Martin, who was acquired from the Saskatoon Blades, spent most of his season in junior A and played in only one game with the Rebels.


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