Kootenay ICE Acquire Chase Hartje from Brandon Wheat Kings

(Credit: Kootenay ICE)

The Kootenay ICE are making their fourth roster move this week.

The Kootenay ICE Hockey Club announced on Thursday that it has acquired ‘99-born defenceman Chase Hartje from the Brandon Wheat Kings in exchange for a 2019 third round draft pick.

The draft pick sent to Brandon was acquired by the ICE from Red Deer earlier this season.

Hartje, from Bemidji, Minnesota, played in 35 games with the Wheat Kings this season, recording four goals and eight assists for 12 points.

Throughout his WHL career, Hartje has played in 93 regular season games, registering seven goals and 30 assists for 37 points. Hartje has also played in 11 playoff games, recording two assists.

“Chase will add skill and experience to our blue line immediately,” says ICE President and GM Matt Cockell. “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.”

This marks the team's third roster change in a week, first trading Cyle McNabb to the Saskatoon Blades on Monday after just acquiring him on Friday, then signing goaltender Curtis Merger from the Prince Albert Raiders Wednesday morning. The ICE also traded a draft pick for Brenden Kwiatkowski from the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday.

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