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Hitmen complete trace with Tri-City Americans

Calgary, AB – Calgary Hitmen General Manager, Executive Vice President and Alternate Governor Kelly Kisio announced today the acquisition of 17-year-old goaltender Chris Driedger (DREE-ger) from the Tri-City Americans in exchange for a third round pick in the 2012 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Driedger joins the Hitmen with an impressive resume having recently attended Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence goaltending camp where he was one of just 16 invites, including four from the WHL.

The 6’2” 175lbs. Winnipeg, MB product is coming off a solid rookie season in the WHL where he posted a record of 6-6-0-1 with a 3.50 goals against average and a .881 save percentage with the Americans.

Driedger also played in the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge this past holiday season as the number one goalie for Team West.

“We are very excited to acquire an elite up and coming goaltender in our league,” says Kisio.  “Chris will help shore up our goaltending and put our club in a strong position for the future.”

Driedger joins fellow goaltenders 20-year-old Michael Snider and 19-year-old Brandon Glover on the Hitmen roster.

CHRIS DRIEDGER – GOALTENDER
HOMETOWN:   Winnipeg, MB (May 18, 1994)
HEIGHT:   6’2”      WEIGHT:   175 lbs.
DID YOU KNOW?  Driedger backstopped Manitoba to a silver medal at the 2009 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.

Regular Season Stats
Season    Team    GP    MP    Record    GAA    SV%
2010-11 WHL Season     Tri-City Americans    22    977    6-6-0-1    3.50    .881

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