Seattle Thunderbirds general manger Bil La Forge tonight announced the team has acquired center/right wing Keltie Jeri-Leon, prospect center/left wing Michael Horon, and a fourth round pick in the 2019 Bantam Draft from the Lethbridge Hurricanes for goalie Liam Hughes and an eighth round pick in the 2019 Bantam Draft.
“Having to trade Liam was a tough decision,” said La Forge. “We know he will do well in Lethbridge and we wish him the best of luck.”
Jeri-Leon, born in 2000, has played 30 games this season with the Hurricanes and has five goals and nine assists for 14 points. In 130 games over three seasons in the WHL with the Hurricanes, Kamloops Blazers and Tri-City Americans Jeri-Leon has 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points.
Horon, born in 2001, is currently playing for the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the AMHL. Horon is leading the AMHL in scoring with 50 points on 25 goals and 25 assists in 21 games. His Hurricanes lost 4-3 to the St. Albert Raiders in the Mac’s Midget Tournament Final tonight at the Scotiabank Bank Saddledome in Calgary. Horon had an assist in the game.
Horon was originally drafted by the Everett Silvertips in the ninth round, 190th overall, in the 2016 Bantam Draft when La Forge was the Director of Player Personnel for the Silvertips. Horon’s rights were acquired by the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL from Everett on January 10, 2018, for a sixth round selection in the 2019 Bantam Draft. Horon signed a standard WHL Player Agreement with the WHL Hurricanes after being acquired.
Hughes has played 29 games this season for the T-Birds and has a 10-16-3-0 record with a 3.67 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. In 72 career WHL games with the T-Birds and Edmonton Oil Kings Hughes has a 27-32-10-1 record with a .903 save percentage and 3.37 goals against average.
The T-Birds start a six-game road trip to the East Division on Friday, January 4, against the Brandon Wheat Kings at 5:30pm. They will play the Regina Pats on Sunday, January 6, at 2pm in the second game of the road trip. The road trip continues against the Saskatoon Blades on Tuesday, January 8, and the Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday, January 9. The last two games on the road trip are Friday, January 11, against the Moose Jaw Warriors and Saturday, January 12 against the Swift Current Broncos.