KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Tri-City Americans announced today they traded 16-year-old defenseman Kaleb Denham to the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the Western Hockey League's 2013 bantam draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft.
Denham, a 6-foot-3,170-pound defenseman from Innisfail, Alberta, spent the 2011-12 season competing as a member of the Red Deer IROC Chiefs, appearing in 30 games and recording six goals, 16 assists and 87 penalty minutes.
Last year, he was a sixth-round pick (126th overall) by the Americans and participated the club's 2012 rookie camp. He then was assigned to the Red Deer Optimist Rebels of the Alberta Midget Hockey League.
"With the recent signings of (Brandon) Carlo, (Riley) Hillis, (Parker) Wotherspoon and (Tyler) Fraser, I felt it was only right to give Kaleb an opportunity to play in the WHL and close to home," Tri-City general manager Bob Tory in a news release. "He got crowded out here, but he is a quality kid and player. We wish him well in Red Deer."