The Medicine Hat Tigers announced today the acquisition of 18-year-old forward Ryan Harrison from the Prince Albert Raiders.
The Raiders will receive prospects defenseman Austin Bourhis, who will turn 18 on July 31st, 17-year-old forward Todd Fiddler and future considerations.
Harrison, a 5’ 10”, 185 lbs center from Kelowna, BC, placed fifth in team scoring for Prince Albert as a 17-year-old last season. He scored 14 goals and added 40 assists for 54 points while collecting 136 penalty minutes.
“We like what Ryan will add to our 1992 born group of players,” said Tigers’ general manager Brad McEwen. “He will fit in very nicely with the likes of Emerson Etem, Linden Vey and Kale Kessy on our forward lines.”
Fiddler, from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, led the Saskatchewan Major Midget Hockey League in scoring this past season with 44 goals and 49 assists for 93 points in 40 games for the Beardy’s Blackhawks, winning the league scoring title by 19 points and was named league MVP. He also had 2 goals and 6 assists in 6 playoff games, picking up at least one point in all but 4 of the Blackhawks 46 games he played in during the 2009-10 season. Fiddler also competed for Team West at the World Under 17 Challenge in Timmins, Ontario picking up 3 goals and 2 assists in 5 games during the 2010 tournament. Fiddler was the Tigers 3rd round selection, 65th overall in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft and appeared in 1 regular season game for the Tigers.
Bourhis, from Kipling, Saskatchewan, played for the Yorkton Terriers in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League this past season collecting 7 goals, 14 assists and 139 minutes in penalties for the Terriers. Bourhis was 6th in the SJHL in penalty minutes. He was acquired by the Tigers from the Edmonton Oil Kings last season, also appearing in 1 WHL game in 2009-10.
“Todd Fiddler’s skill set is of exceptional quality,” says Bruno Campese, Raider Head Coach and General Manager. “His skating ability, hockey sense, playmaking skills and scoring ability will make him an offensive threat.”
“Austin Bourhis is a hard-nosed competitor that is tough to play against and will add some toughness to our lineup,” according to Campese. “The Raiders would like to thank Ryan for his contributions over the past two seasons and wish him well in the future.”
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