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Merkley was a highly touted midget hockey player with and the Hurricanes drafted him in the 1st round (3rd overall) in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, he also represented Team West at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for Team Pacific last year.
Head Coach and GM Rich Preston stated “the Lethbridge Hurricanes organization would like to thank Jay for his commitment and dedication to our hockey club. Jay is a fine young man and a very skilled hockey player, which made this trade very difficult to make. We wish Jay all the best of luck in Swift Current.”
In Derko, the Canes get a towering 6’2, 196 lb. left winger. The 19-year old from Sherwood Park, AB was drafted by the Swift Current Broncos in the 5th round (100th overall) in the 2008 Bantam Draft. In 31 games this season he has 11 points (3G, 8A), he’s a -4 plus/minus rating and has 68 PIM’s. Derko is expected to join the team in time for practice on Tuesday.
(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)