Hitmen, Broncos and Americans Complete Three Way Deal

By League Press Release

CALGARY, AB – The Swift Current Broncos hooked up with the Calgary Hitmen and the Tri-Cities Americans in a three-way, 5-player exchange today.

The Broncos sent 18 year old defenseman Paul Postma and 19 year old winger Kyle Bortis to the Hitmen in exchange for 19 year old forward Keegan Dansereau and 18 year old defenseman Brett Plouffe.

In turn, the Broncos sent Plouffe to the Americans for 20-year-old winger Erik Felde.

In Dansereau and Felde, the Broncos are picking up two players that each had over 50 points last year. Dansereau, a Saskatoon native, was the 3rd leading scorer on the Hitmen last year with 59 points (28-31). Felde, who’s hometown is Anchorage, Alaska, was the Americans 4th leading scorer last year with 52 points (24-28).

“We felt this was a trade that we couldn’t pass up,” commented Broncos General Manager/Head Coach Dean Chynoweth. “It provides with added scoring, veteran leadership, and now solidifies our top two lines.”

“It is tough giving up a player of Paul’s ability, but you have to give up in one area to gain in another and I feel that we’ve done that.”

Dansereau is expected to join the Broncos in time for tonight’s game in Medicine Hat, while Felde is expected at practice on Monday.

With the Calgary Hitmen acquiring Kyle Bortis and Paul Postma General Manger/Head Coach Kelly Kisio had the following comments.

“We are very excited to add both Paul and Kyle to our line-up,” said Kisio. “Postma is a good, solid, puck moving defenceman who will help solidify our defence, while Bortis is a skilled forward who will provide both scoring and depth to our team.

Bortis is in his third WHL season and was the Broncos first round pick (16th overall) in the 2003 WHL Bantam Draft. He had a break-out campaign in Swift Current last season scoring 18 goals.

Postma also had a strong 2006-07 season. The mobile rearguard possesses a great shot and was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers (7th round) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Both Bortis and Postma are expected to make their Hitmen debut tonight in Moose Jaw against the Warriors.