Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Hurricanes Deal Goalie Liston to Vancouver

Lethbridge Hurricanes GM and Head Coach Rich Preston announced Wednesday the team traded 19 year old Goalie Liam Liston to the Vancouver Giants for a 3rd and a 6th round Bantam pick in 2013.

The native of St. Albert, AB played 24 games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes last season finishing with a 7-13 record, a 4.22 GAA and an .881 save percentage. Liston also recorded the 2nd shutout of his WHL career and first with the Canes back on December 4th against Spokane. He stopped 38 shots and 2 penalty shots in the 1-0 win over the Chiefs.

“The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club appreciates Liam Liston’s work and dedication this past season. We wish him the very best in Vancouver” stated Preston.

Liston was acquired by the Canes back on October 16th when Lethbridge sent Goalie Brandon Anderson to the Brandon Wheat Kings in exchange for Liston and Defenceman Spencer Galbraith.

(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)



  1. It is hard to argue Rich’s ability to acquire picks and upgrade positions. It’s been a tough 3 years but we are finally starting to see some infusion of high end talent and a stockpile of picks for our future. Tanner will be able to be our number one back up. Now start the trading of a couple of our excess 20 year olds. Can’t wait for the season.

  2. I guess you can't blame Liston for wanting a trade after Rimmer was acquired. Certainly leaves the door wide open for a young goalie to come in as a back up. Too bad we couldnt get a player for him

  3. Rich is showing once again that hem and Robson make good GM's...but this team will never make the playoffs until they have coaches on staff that can develop young players...when are we going to see a coaching addition???? TD

  4. TD. I thought the young players made big strides last year. Henry, Mckechnie. Yakabowski. Watson, Erkamps etc. Why the hate for the coaches

  5. Only one player pro drafted in three years (Sutter)...terrible team plus minus, poor special teams. Canes have solid young talent. As a reminder Henry, McKechnie,and Yakabowksi were 17 year olds not 16 year olds so expectations should have been higher as except for Henry it was draft years for those 17 year olds. As for the 16 year olds Erkamps got worse as the year went off finishing at -23 and 3rd overall bantam pick Merkely was -17 and did not play like a third overall pick. Watson improved as the year went on. In a league that is a pro development league there doesn't seem to be a lot of development on the Canes. It seems the players are left on their own to develop. TD

  6. Scott. Are you sure Liston wanted to be traded? Or was this a GM decision? Darren

  7. @TD......While I like the grit of Yaks and Mack, they're not high-end talent who should've been expecting to be drafted. They're just not at that level. In fact, there were NO high-end players on this roster last year, so I'm not going bash the coaching staff for not "developing" a 3rd or 4th round bantam pick (as an example). Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Yaks and Mack are high bantam picks. (You can't develop talent that isn't there).

    I'm also not going to dump on Merkley. He was a 16 year old and showed flashes of skill. However, he NEEDS to show more grit this coming year and start seeing himself as a go-to guy.

    I think Merkley will be a perfect example to watch to see if he develops with this coaching staff. If he doesn't, THEN I will be in your camp and be more critical of the coaches. But until they Canes actually have high-end talent to "develop", I'm not going to freak out.