Lethbridge, AB – Lethbridge Hurricanes
General Manager and Head Coach Rich Preston
announced today that the Canes have acquired 20 year old goaltender Damien Ketlo from the Regina Pats
in exchange for a conditional 5th round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. Ketlo has amassed 114 WHL games, over 6138 minutes played and a career GAA of 3.81 with a 0.888 save % in three seasons with Regina.
“We like the way he plays – we feel like he’s been a quality starter in the Eastern Conference for a while now, we’ve seen plenty of him and he’s played well against us” said Hurricanes Goaltending Coach and Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore “He is a goaltender that we think can be a game changer and he’s fundamentally solid – he’ll give us some extra depth at the position.”
In lieu of this trade, Lethbridge will still retain a pair of picks in the fifth round (Everett, Vancouver) as well as a trio of picks in the sixth round – their own, Seattle and Regina’s.
The Hurricanes expect to have the newly acquired Ketlo in town for practice early this week as he is expected to suit up for the Canes preseason matchup on Wednesday against the Medicine Hat Tigers
. The September 14th game against Medicine Hat is set for Nicholas Sheran Arena in West Lethbridge in support of Lethbridge Minor Hockey.