The Lethbridge Hurricanes have acquired a top WHL goaltender during today's WHL draft.
Prior to their 18th overall selection, the Hurricanes announced they've acquired goalie Ty Rimmer from the Americans for a 2nd round pick in 2013 and 3rd rounder in 2014.
I spoke with Assistant GM Brad Robson about the trade. He says it cost the Hurricanes, but he feels it's well-worth it. "Ty has gone a long way in the playoffs. I believe we now have the best goalie in the Western Hockey League going into this next season. I think it cost us a lot, but I feel with the depth we've been building we were able to give up these picks. Ty is a character kid. I've talked to him on the phone already and he's excited and pumped to be a Lethbridge Hurricane. He'll be one of our leaders without a doubt! We can now go into camp knowing we have one of the best goalies in the WHL."
The 20 year old from Edmonton had his best season statistically this past season in Tri-City where he led the league with a .922 save percentage and a 2.43 goals against average. Rimmer also recorded a WHL best 5 shutouts in his 46 games played finishing the regular season with a record of 31-12-1-1. Once the playoffs started, Rimmer didn’t show any signs of slowing down, finishing 4th overall with a 2.46 GAA and a .919 save percentage. He posted a record of 8-2-5-0 in 15 games before the Americans were swept in the Western Conference by the Portland Winterhawks.
Rimmer started his WHL career in Brandon in 2009-2010 before making stops in Prince George and most recently Tri-City. At the WHL’s Awards Wednesday, Rimmer was named to the First All-Star Team in the West Conference and he was the West Conference nominee for the WHL’s Goaltender of the Year where he was the runner-up to Tyler Bunz of the Medicine Hat Tigers.
(With files provided from Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)