Lethbridge, AB – Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager/Head Coach, Rich Preston, announced this morning that the Canes have acquired 20 year old goaltender Linden Rowat from the Regina Pats in exchange for a conditional fifth round pick 2010.
Rowat, a native of Cochrane, AB is a veteran WHL goaltender with 183 WHL regular season games under his belt and an amazing 85-66-7-10 record with 10 shutouts. Rowat had a breakout season in his draft year of ‘06-07 finishing with a 25-18-1-6 record and four shutouts. That summer he was selected by the L.A. Kings in the fifth round (124th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. In 07-08 he had a career season posting breaking the 30 win mark for the first time with a 33-15-4-2 record and a 2.68 GAA with a .904 sv % over 3244 minutes. This was good enough to earn the goaltender a spot on the Eastern Conference first all star team in 2008. Last year, Rowat finished his season with 48 games played, a 19-24-1-3 record and a 3.07 GAA with a solid .901 sv %. To put these numbers into perspective, if he had played in Lethbridge his entire career, Rowat would – coming into this season; hold the Hurricanes career goaltending records for shutouts, saves and games played.
This latest move caps off a busy week which saw the Canes acquire four other new players - 19 year old defenseman Mike Reddington and 17 year old defenseman Landon Oslanski from the Spokane Chiefs along with 20 year old Czech forward Radim Valchar (RAD-em WAL-char) from the Portland Winter Hawks and 90-born forward and highly touted AJHL prospect Mitch Maxwell. Forward Garrett Taylor has been released by the team to Canmore of the AJHL, while forward Michael Sofillas has been reassigned back to his midget team in Manitoba.
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