The Kelowna Rockets have acquired forward Reid Gardiner from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for a 5th round pick, a conditional 1st round pick, and a 5th round pick.
Gardiner was playing for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the A.H.L. after playing the previous four seasons with the Raiders.
The trade was the third of the day for the Rockets after they dealt Jordan Borstmayer to the Vancouver Giants and Riley Stadel to the Edmonton Oil Kings earlier in the afternoon.
“”We had an opportunity to acquire one of the leagues best scorers over the last few seasons. He has been playing in the A.H.L. but will be coming to Kelowna to play for the Rockets. He’s excited about the opportunity to play for a competitive team with high end teammates and with his brother Erik,” Said Bruce Hamilton, General Manager of the Rockets. “For us he brings something we’ve been missing in that he’s a pure shooter. We’re in arguably the toughest division in the W.H.L. so he adds more depth to our roster. It was a big price to pay but we feel we owe it to our fans to compete again this year.”
Gardiner currently has 3 goals and 3 assists in 26 games with the A.H.L. club. In 262 career games with the Raiders, Gardiner had 106 goals and 114 assists for 220 points.
Gardiner is expected to be in the Rockets line up on Saturday when they host the Kamloops Blazers at Prospera Place.