Brandon, MB -- Brandon Wheat Kings General Manager and Head Coach Kelly McCrimmon announced the acquisition of 19-year old goalkeeper Jacob De Serres from the Seattle Thunderbirds in exchange for 17-year old forward Brendan Rouse.
A 6'2“ 180 lb Calgary product, De Serres is in his fourth season in the WHL, having played a total of 92 games. A third round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft, De Serres had appeared in three of Seattle's games this season.
During the 2008-09 campaign, the former third round bantam draft pick compiled a 3.41 goals against average and an 11-16-0 record in 32 appearances.
A former fifth round pick of the Wheat Kings in the 2007 bantam draft, Rouse had two assists in six games this season.
“The acquisition of Jacob De Serres gives us another proven goaltender,“ says McCrimmon. “While encouraged with Andrew Hayes' strong start, this gives us the type of depth we feel we need to be a contending team. We are sorry to lose Brendan Rouse, he is a good young player that will have a real solid career in Seattle.“
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