The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club announced today that they have acquired 19-year-old forward Connor Rankin from the Tri-City Americans in exchange for 17-year-old defenceman Josh Thrower.
“Connor was a player that was sought after by a number of teams leading up to the trade deadline,” said Hitmen General Manager and Vice President, Business Operations Mike Moore.
“He is a hard-working forward who has recorded a 30-goal season in the league, is effective on the power play and has playoff experience. He provides additional depth and flexibility to our lineup.”
Rankin, a native of North Vancouver, British Columbia, has appeared in 244 games over the past four seasons with the Americans, recording 82 goals and 92 assists for 174 points along with 117 penalty minutes over that span. Selected by Tri-City seventh overall in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, Rankin has tallied 16 points, including four goals, in 30 career playoff games.
Rankin is expected to join the Hitmen on the road in Regina.