Lethbridge Deals Fadden to Tri-City

(WHL Release) Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager, Roy Stasiuk and Tri City Americans General Manager, Robert Tory jointly announced a major trade today which sees high scoring forward and Lightning prospect, Mitch Fadden and defensemen, Cam Stevens and Brock Sutherland moving south in exchange for defenseman, Eric Mestery and forward Drew Hoff.

The two GM's made a huge splash two years ago when high scoring forward (and former Traverse City Lightning member), Colton Yellow Horn was moved to the Americans in exchange for a first round draft pick. Yellow Horn went on to become one of the more prolific scorers in the WHL and the Hurricanes' secured scoring prospect, Mark Reners in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.

"Mitch Fadden is an incredibly gifted, talented and exciting player, however, our biggest need right now is a solid top four defenseman and Eric Mestery fits that bill." said Stasiuk, the Canes' GM added, "With Luca Sbisa remaining with the Philadelphia Flyers, we had to use some of our offensive depth in order to address a more pressing need. Cam and Brock will both have more opportunity to develop in supporting roles with the Americans and Drew Hoff is expected to inject some energy into our forward groupings."

Both General Managers wanted to thank their respective players for the contributions made towards their former teams' successes and pass on best wishes to all five players involved.

“Anytime you have an opportunity to get a player of Fadden’s ability, you have to take a serious look at it,” said Tory. “We have added a premier player in Fadden to our lineup and have added depth to our blueline. But by making this deal we give up a quality defenseman in Mestery and a hard working 20-year-old in Hoff. They are going to a premier team in the league and we wish them all the best.”

BP Notes: Fadden, 20, was expected to land a professional contract from the Lightning after posting 89 points in 72 games last year for Lethbridge, then was among playoff leaders with 20 in 19 games helping the Hurricanes to the WHL Finals where they were defeated by soon-to-be Lightning prospect Dustin Tokarski and Spokane. Despite playing in Traverse City with the Lightning, as well as playing well at AHL Norfolk's camp, Fadden was sent back to juniors where he is off to a slow start with five points in nine games. This is the second time Fadden has been dealt in the WHL. He was traded from Seattle to Lethbridge in the 2005-06 season.