EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), proud member of the Western Hockey League, and general manager Garry Davidson announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Riley Bruce from the Regina Pats in exchange for a conditional selection in the 2018 WHL Draft.
Bruce, 18, makes Everett his second stop in the WHL and has suited up in 20 career games with the Regina Pats, earning a goal, two assists, 13 penalty minutes, and a +1 rating.
“Riley is a defenseman with experience, size, and a reputation for a hard-nosed approach,” said Davidson. “He is a player we saw potential in and kept our eye on, leading up to his selection in the bantam draft. We’re looking forward to welcoming him to the Pacific Northwest.”
The 6-foot-2 and 190 pound blueliner last season split his time between Regina, where he had three points in 18 games and the Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) where he collected four points and 102 penalty minutes in 14 games.
The native of Winnipeg, Manitoba made his WHL debut with Regina in 2015-16 and skated for most of the year with the Winnipeg Thrashers (MMHL) where he led the club’s defensemen with nine goals and had 25 points in 29 games, additionally leading the league with 140 penalty minutes.
That season, Bruce was teammates with current Silvertips forward Brandson Hein.
Bruce was originally selected by Regina in the fifth round (101st overall) in the 2014 WHL Draft.
The Silvertips will open the 2017-18 preseason schedule with the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic, Sept. 1 at XFINITY Arena, 7:00 p.m. against the Tri-City Americans. Tickets are available at http://everettsilvertips.com/preseason.
Opening the Silvertips home schedule, covering 36 games this season at XFINITY Arena, is Opening Night against the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday, Sept. 23 (7:05 p.m.), when the first 3,000 fans will receive a collectible Silvertips magnet schedule, presented by Lamoureux Real Estate. All fans will also witness the raising of the Silvertips fifth U.S. Division championship banner to the rafters before the opening puck drop. Season Tickets and Mini-Plan Packages (22-game and 14-game selections) are available for as low as a $50 deposit at www.everettsilvertips.com/season.
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