GDI Goalie Garret Hughson has found a new home not only with a new team but also in a new league.
General Manager Warren Rychel announced today the club has acquired goaltender Garret Hughson in a deal with the Niagara IceDogs.
The 20-year-old native of Foremost, Alberta was placed on CHL waivers earlier this week and was claimed by the IceDogs. In return for his rights, the Spits have sent their 15th Round pick in 2017 to Niagara.
“We are pleased to add a goalie of Garret's caliber,” Rychel said. “He gives us a ton of junior hockey experience and another solid goaltender. We felt it was important to add another veteran piece, since (Michael) DiPietro will be away at the end of the month for a few weeks (at the World Under-17 championship).”
Hughson played parts of four seasons with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League, appearing in 105 regular season and six playoff games.
In 53 appearances last season, he posted 23 wins and a 2.80 goals against average, along with a .902 save percentage and two shutouts.
"I've heard nothing but good things about Windsor," Hughson said over the phone from the Calgary airport. "It sounds like a great place to play and it's a fresh start for me. And I'm joining a team that's going to make a run, which is important to me."
Hughson says he's the type of goalie that looks to challenge shooters.
"In terms of style, I'm a big, athletic guy. I like to play at the top of the paint. Otherwise, nothing too out of the ordinary."
Hughson will arrive in North Bay later today and will wear No.30.
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Hughson has been training with GDI for over 3 years by travelling to Winnipeg to participate in 1v1 lessons. GDI President Ryan Cyr is also the goaltending coach of the Spokane Chiefs.
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