Thursday, January 7, 2010

WHL trades

Press Release

RAIDERS ACQUIRE TUCKER FROM GIANTS – The Prince Albert Raiders have acquired 18 year-old goaltender Jamie Tucker from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for the Raiders 2nd round selection in the 2011 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Tucker is in his second season with the Giants and has appeared in 29 games. He is currently sixth in the WHL in goals against average (2.62), 7th in wins (16) and 11th in minutes played (1648). Tucker has one shut out this season after registering 6 in his rookie campaign with the Giants.

“We are very pleased to add Jamie Tucker to our roster,” says Raiders Head Coach and General Manager Bruno Campese. “He compliments our goaltending situation well right now and in the future.”

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RAIDERS ACQUIRE PARKER FROM SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS FOR AASMAN

The Prince Albert Raiders have acquired 18 year-old forward Jonathan Parker and a 5th round selection in the 2010 Western Hockey League bantam draft from the Seattle Thunderbirds in exchange for 17 year-old defenceman Ryan Aasman.

Parker, from Solana Beach, California is in his second season in the WHL, both with the Thunderbirds. In 40 games with the T-Birds this season, Parker has 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points, fourth on the team in scoring, to go along with 16 minutes in penalties.

Aasman was the Raiders 1st round selection, 8th overall in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft. In his second full season with the Raiders Aasman has played in 39 games with a goal and 3 assists and 10 penalty minutes.

“It is very difficult to trade a character player like Ryan Aasman,” said Bruno Campese, Raiders Head Coach and General Manager. “But going to Seattle will allow Ryan to take more of a prominent offensive role. And we are very pleased to add right handed forward Jonathan Parker who has the ability to contribute to our offense now and in the future.”

"We are excited to add Ryan to our existing group of young players. He has the potential to be an exciting player and add some offense from the backend and this is a rare opportunity to add a player at this age with this potential," said Thunderbirds’ general manager Russ Farwell. "He is a player that will fun to watch develop over the next few years."

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

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