The inevitable happened this morning when the Ice traded last year's playoff MVP to the Kelowna Rockets in exchange for a conditional fourth round pick in 2010. The deal gives Lazaruk a shot at a long playoff run with the Rockets who are picked by most to contend for the Western Conference Championship this season. Lazaruk, who's on his way to Tri-Cities, is to start Story to follow.
Here's the release:
Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced that the club has traded 20-year-old Goaltender Kris Lazaruk to the Kelowna Rockets in exchange for a conditional fourth round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.
“With four 20-year-olds on our roster we knew we had to get down in numbers sooner rather than later. This transaction will allow Kris the opportunity to play regularly with the Rockets and to continue his last season in the Western Hockey League. We wish him all the best in Kelowna and thank him for his contributions to our Hockey Club over the past three years,” added Chynoweth.
The ICE roster now consists of 26 players, including two goaltenders, eight defenseman, and 16 forwards. Kootenay returns to action tomorrow night at home against the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 6:00 pm. Tickets for both games are available at the Kootenay ICE Office and Kootenay Collectibles.
June 30, 1988 * Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Goaltender * Gloves: Right * 6’1”, 170 lbs.
YEAR TEAM GP GA Mins Svs Avg SV%
2005-06 Kootenay ICE 31 68 1602 709 2.55 .912
2006-07 Kootenay ICE 26 75 1483 706 3.04 .904
2007-08 Kootenay ICE 51 136 2815 1380 2.90 .910