Oil Kings deal Shmoorkoff to Broncos

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November 28, 2013, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – The Edmonton Oil Kings announced a trade Thursday morning, sending 19-year-old defenceman Stephen Shmoorkoff to the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft and the rights to 17-year-old goaltender Alec Dillon.

“Getting the draft pick gives us a little bit of flexibility down the road, along with receiving Alec Dillon’s rights that will give us an opportunity to add to our future depth in goal with Patrick Dea and Carter Phair,” said Oil Kings General Manager Randy Hansch.

Dillon has a 2.49 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 13 games for the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL this season as a rookie in Junior A. Originally drafted in the fifth round (104th overall) by the Broncos in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, Dillon is a Victoria, B.C. native who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 170 pounds.

As part of the deal, if Dillon plays in the WHL, a fourth round pick is returned to Swift Current.

Shmoorkoff has spent the past two seasons with the Oil Kings, playing 50 games and registering one goal, four assists and a minus-1 rating.

“Stephen’s been a part of our organization for a while, and we appreciate his time here with us,” Hansch said. “This will give him more opportunity to play and we wish him nothing but the best in Swift Current.”

The move leaves the Oil Kings carrying 23 players on their active roster.

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