Kootenay Ice General Manager, Jeff Chynoweth, announced today that the team had acquired 18-year-old forward Jake Elmer from the Regina Pats in exchange for a ninth round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
“With our current roster situation, it was important that we add more depth to our lineup. Jake Elmer adds WHL experience and potential to our Club and will get an opportunity to continue his development within our group,” Chynoweth said in a team release.
The Ice had been down to 11 healthy forwards prior to the acquisition of Elmer after the team parted ways with forward Dylan Stewart last week.
Elmer was selected in the sixth round, 116th overall by the Regina Pats in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Elmer has spent the 2016-17 season with the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, where he recorded 12 points (9-3-12) and 21 penalty minutes in 20 games played. He has 0 points and is a -9 in 20 career WHL games, all of which were with the Pats.
The Ice are now carrying 23 players (two goaltenders, seven defensemen and 14 forwards).