Hurricanes swap overagers, acquire Morrison from Vancouver for Riddle

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
January 8, 2018 - 3:28pm

LETHBRIDGE - The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced on Monday (Jan. 8) that they've acquired overage forward Brad Morrison from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for overage defenseman Brennan Riddle.

Morrison, 21, was originally drafted by the Prince George Cougars seventh overall in the 2012 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

The Prince George native has appeared in 42 games this season with the Giants, collecting 11 goals and 24 assists to go along with 33 penalty minutes.

In 302 career WHL games with the Cougars and Giants, the 6'0", 171-pound forward has registered 223 points and 169 penalty minutes.

Morrison was drafted by the New York Rangers in the fourth round (108th overall) in the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft but is currently an unsigned free agent. He also attended the Calgary Flames rookie camp this past September.

General Manager Peter Anholt says it's always tough to trade a good guy, and Brennan was a really good player for them last year, but that's the nature of the business.

"He played so well for us and continued to improve his stock to the point where we move him and are able to add to our forward group," Anholt continued. "Morrison's a real skilled player. He's a proven skilled player at our level and should help us out up front."

Riddle, 20, was acquired at the start of the 2016-2017 season by the Hurricanes from the Prince Albert Raiders. In 37 games this season, the product of Balgonie, Saskatchewan has a goal and five assists as well as 36 penalty minutes.

The Hurricanes return to action on Tuesday (Jan. 9) when they welcome the Red Deer Rebels to the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm in the first of a home-and-home.

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