The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced late Friday night that they have acquired overage forward Mike Winther from the Kamloops Blazers in exchange for an 8th round selection in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
The 20-year-old Winter, who turned 20 Friday, has collected 16 points (6g-10a) in 39 games this season with the Blazers. He appeared in one game with the Calgary Hitmen at the start of the year before being dealt to Kamloops.
Winther’s acquisition comes after the Hurricanes traded overager Zane Jones to Vancouver, also on Friday night. The product of Trochu, Alberta, Winther’s best year in the WHL came in 2011/12 when he scored 56 points (32g-24a) in 71 games with the Prince Albert Raiders. In 271 career WHL games, Winther has collected 158 points (76g-82a) along with 198 penalty minutes.
Winther was selected by the Dallas Stars in the second round, 54th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He was also selected in the first round, 6th overall by the Raiders in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.
Hurricanes Press Release:
The Lethbridge Hurricanes made a second move on the eve of the WHL’s January 10th trade deadline.
The team acquired Mike Winther from the Kamloops Blazers for an 8th round WHL Bantam draft pick in 2017.
Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager and Head Coach, Peter Anholt says “Winther, a 2nd round draft pick (54th overall) of the Dallas Stars in 2012, is a veteran at the WHL level. He’ll come in and provide leadership and help in the transition of our hockey club.”
Winther started his WHL career with the Prince Albert Raiders before joining the Calgary Hitmen in 2013 and the Kamloops Blazers this year. In 271 career games, Winther has 158 points (76G, 82A) and 198 PIM’s.
Winther is expected to be in the lineup tomorrow when the Hurricanes host the Calgary Hitmen at 7:00pm