Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Monday that they have acquired overage forward Brad Morrison from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for overage defenseman Brennan Riddle.
Morrison, 21, was originally drafted by the Prince George Cougars seventh overall in the 2012 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. The product of Prince George has skated in 42 games this season with the Giants collecting 35 points (11g-24a) along with 33 penalty minutes.
In 302 career WHL games with the Cougars and Giants, the 6’0”, 171-pound forward has registered 223 points (96g-127a) along with 169 penalty minutes. Morrison had a career season in 2015-2016 when he totaled 62 points (28g-34a) in 72 games with the Cougars.
The speedy winger was drafted by the New York Rangers in the fourth round (108th overall) in the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft but is an unsigned free agent. Morrison attended the Calgary Flames rookie camp this past September.
“It’s always tough to trade a good guy and [Brennan] was a real good player for us last year, but that’s the nature of the business. He played so well for us and continued to improve his stock to the point where we move him and are able to add to our forward group,” said Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt. “Morrison’s a real skilled player. He’s a proven skilled player at our level and should help us out up front.”
Riddle, 20, was acquired at the start of the 2016-2017 season by the Hurricanes from the Prince Albert Raiders. In 37 games this season, the product of Balgonie, Saskatchewan has registered six points (1g-5a) along with 36 penalty minutes. He had a career-high 18 points (4g-14a) and 55 penalty minutes last year in 68 regular season games with the ‘Canes while adding four points in 20 playoff games.
The Hurricanes return to action on Tuesday when they welcome the Red Deer Rebels to the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm in the first of a home-and-home. Tickets for the game can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.