HITMEN ACQUIRE ZGRAGGEN FROM ROYALS

Mon Jan 7

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club announced today that they have acquired 19-year-old defenceman Jesse Zgraggen (“zuh-GRAG-in”) from the Victoria Royals in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

“This move increases the depth our defensive unit,” commented Hitmen Executive Vice President, Alternate Governor and General Manager Kelly Kisio. “Jesse is a solid player and will fit into the chemistry of our team.”

Zgraggen, a native of Lethbridge, Alberta, has tallied seven points (one goal, six assists) along with 34 penalty minutes over 33 games with the Royals this campaign.  Currently in his third WHL season, the 6-1, 213-pound defenceman has recorded four goals and 18 assists for 22 points in 157 career games played with Victoria and the Chilliwack Bruins.

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Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals today announced that the team has traded 1993-born defenceman Jesse Zgraggen (zuh-GRAG-in) to the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for their fourth round selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

Victoria sends Zgraggen to Calgary in advance of Thursday’s WHL Trade Deadline after the 19-year-old blueliner appeared in 33 games this season for the Royals. The Lethbridge, AB native has collected seven points (1g-6a) and 34 penalty minutes so far this season.

“We would like to thank Jesse for his contributions to our team over the last three years,” General Manager Cameron Hope said. “Jesse brought a positive and winning attitude to the rink every day, and his presence will be missed by our players and staff alike.  We wish him the best in Calgary.”

The 6-1, 215 lb defenceman suited up 62 times for the Royals in the 2011-12 season when he recorded 12 points (2g-10a) to go along with 54 penalty minutes. In his WHL career, Zgraggen has totaled 22 points (4g-18a) and 115 penalty minutes over 157 games played with the franchise.