October 10, 2012, Kelowna, BC – The Kelowna Rockets have traded 17-year-old forward Austin Ferguson to the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for a Western Hockey League bantam draft pick.
Ferguson, a 6-foot-1 right winger from Abbotsford, was in his second season with the Rockets but was caught in a numbers game with the Rockets carrying 15 forwards before the move.
Kelowna general manager Bruce Hamilton said it was tough to have to move one of their former draft picks but he felt it was in the player’s best interest.
“When you trade a young player it’s difficult,” said Hamilton. “But this was done purely to get Austin in a position to get some ice time. We have too many guys ahead of him. He’s a quality young man and we wanted to get him a chance to play in our league.”
In two seasons with the Rockets Ferguson played in 58 career games. He was selected by the Rockets in the eighth round of the 2010 WHL bantam draft.
In exchange for Ferguson, the Rockets receive a conditional sixth round WHL bantam draft pick.