Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Hitmen solve overage issue

The Calgary Hitmen have solved their overage issue getting down to the Western Hockey League maximum of three by trading 20-year-old forward Trevor Cheek to the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft and fifth round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

Cheek, entering his third season in the WHL, was Calgary's Rookie of the Year in the 2010-11 season followed up by taking home the Booster Club Fan Favourite Award last season. 

During his time with the Hitmen, Cheek appeared in 125 regular season games collecting 33 goals and 75 points.  He also had four points (3g 1a) in five playoff games.  He'll definitely be a huge boost to the Giants and will be missed in Calgary.

The trade leaves the club with overagers Cody Sylvester, Brooks Macek and Spencer Humphries.

There's no question coming to this decision was a difficult one for GM Kelly Kisio with four quality players and people and only three spots, but Cheek will be a good fit in Vancouver getting the opportunity to play his final WHL season closer to home in Vancouver, Washington.

One of my favourite Cheek moments was a goal he scored in Medicine Hat last season beating Tyler Bunz high glove side on a shot so hard it went through the mesh.  Good luck in Van City Trevor!

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