Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Rockets acquire d-man, release Wall

The Kelowna Rockets have acquired 20-year-old defenceman Zac Stebner from the Tri City Americans.
The Rockets acquired Stebner along with a 7th round bantam draft pick in 2011 in exchange for two picks in the annual WHL bantam draft: A fourth round pick in 2011 and an eighth rounder in 2012.

To clear roster space for Stebner, the Rockets were forced to release 20-year-old defenceman Brendon Wall.

"We lose a real solid player in Brendon Wall," said Rockets president/general manager Bruce Hamilton. "Unfortunately we can only have three 20-year-olds. It wasn't anything Brendon did. We had an opportunity to get a player that played in the league final last year and was a valuable player for Calgary."

Stebner split time last season between the Kamloops Blazers and the Calgary Hitmen, joining the Hitmen for the team's final 30 regular season games as well as 30 playoff games.

A 6-foot-3, right-handed defenceman, Stebner has played 233 career regular season WHL games and a further 27 in the playoffs.

“Zac is a player we tried to acquire from Calgary earlier in the season,” said Hamilton. “We feel he will be a nice compliment to Tyson Barrie and the rest of the defensive group we have.”


MG said...

This is sweet. Wall had to go and I hope this guy brings some depth experience and leadership to our defence.

Jared Comeau said...

This an amazing pick up by Bruce and I am surprised we got Stebner for so cheap. Wall really wasn't doing anything and was hardly noticeable on the ice. Like i said...GREAT trade

divad said...

nice to see the gm tooling up for a run , now mr pukinen needs to find a gps and get his talent to k-town