Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Thursday they have acquired 2003-born defenseman Nolan Bentham from the Victoria Royals in exchange for a second round selection in the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft along with a seventh and eighth round picks in the 2022 draft and the playing rights to 2004-born forward Chase LaPinta.
Bentham, 18, was originally drafted by the Royals in the first round (13th overall) in the 2018 WHL Prospects Draft. The Victoria, BC product has appeared in 52 career games with the Royals totaling three points (1g-2a) along with 16 penalty minutes. The 6’3, 190-pound defenseman did not appear in any games with Victoria during the shortened 2020-2021 season.
The right-hand shot defenseman represented Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2019 where he collected three assists in five contests with Canada-Black. Bentham spent two seasons with the Yale Hockey Academy prior to joining the Royals where he totaled 40 points (12g-28a) with 56 penalty minutes in two seasons at the U15 and U18 levels.
With the addition to Bentham, the Hurricanes now have a total of nine 2003-born players on their projected WHL roster for next season, including: Briley Wood, Zack Stringer, Ty Nash, Salvatore Collora, Chase Pauls, Joe Arntsen, Kayden Sadhra-Kang and Jared Picklyk.