The Kootenay ICE have acquired defenceman Chase Hartje from the Brandon Wheat Kings.
In exchange for Hartje, the Wheat Kings received a 2019 third round draft pick.
The 19-year-old has played in 35 games with the Wheat Kings this season and has recorded four goals and eight assists for 12 points.
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He has played in 93 regular season games in the Western Hockey League and has registered seven goals and 30 assists for 37 points. As well, he has played in 11 playoff games recording two assists.
“Chase will add skill and experience to our blue line immediately,” said Matt Cockell, president and general manager.
“We are excited to add him to our group and expect him to be a solid 20-year-old player for our team next season.”
Hartje is a Bemidji, Minnesota native and started his WHL career with the Moose Jaw Warriors before being traded in the 2017-18 season to the Wheat Kings.