KENNEWICK -- Tri-City Americans general manager Bob Tory announced Sunday he acquired 19-year-old defenseman Derek Ryckman from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 bantam draft.
Ryckman, 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, has spent his entire WHL career with the Hurricanes, totaling six goals, 29 points and 211 penalty minutes in 164 career games.
"Derek is an experienced, stay-at-home defenseman who adds a physical dimension to our club," Tory said. "He brings size, depth and leadership to our club and we are excited to add him to our line-up."
The Red Deer, Alberta, native had a career-best five goals and 18 points last season and comes to Tri-City with two points in 11 games with Lethbridge this season.
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Ryckman, whom Lethbridge selected with their sixth-round pick (119th overall) in 2007, served as one of the Hurricanes' alternate captains.