Tri-City Americans general manager Bob Tory announced today he traded overage goaltender Ty Rimmer to the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2013 draft and a third-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Rimmer, a 6-foot, 170-pound netminder from Edmonton, Alberta, was a 14th-round (303rd overall) selection by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 2007 Bantam Draft and was acquired by Tri-City last summer in exchange for Drew Owsley.
Rimmer posted a banner year in 2011-12, despite splitting time with rookie Eric Comrie. In 46 games played, Rimmer went 31-12-1-1 with five shutouts and led the WHL in goals against average (2.43) and save percentage (0.922), earning Western Conference Goaltender of the Year and first-team all-star nominations.
Despite just one season of service, Rimmer’s 31 wins ranks eighth on Tri-City’s all-time wins lists, while his five shutouts place him in a tie for fifth all-time with Lance Leslie. "Obviously we have an overage situation that needed attention," Tory said in a news release. “This deal helps alleviate a part of those issues while returning valuable draft picks. Ty made the most of his time here in Tri-City, and we cannot thank him enough for his contributions to our club over the past year."
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“Unfortunately, we cannot keep all of our overage players, and this gives Ty the opportunity to continue to play in the WHL in a dominant role with Lethbridge,” Tory continued. “He is a great teammate and person, and we wish him nothing but the best with the Hurricanes.” The move leaves Tri-City with seven overage players still on the roster from the 2011-12 season. The remaining 20-year-olds are Justin Feser, Patrick Holland, Jordan Messier, Jesse Mychan, Nathan MacMaster, Drydn Dow and Derek Ryckman.
The Americans will need to be down to three overage players by mid-October.