SPOKANE -- The Spokane Chiefs traded 20-year-old Matt Marantz to the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
"Obviously, this trade was made because of WHL regulations which allow only three overage players on each roster," Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz said.
"With the return of Darren Kramer we felt it was good for the Chiefs and Matt Marantz to get this deal done as soon as possible. Lethbridge is excited to have him join their team. Matt was an important piece to our organization the last two years. We wish him all the best in Lethbridge."
Marantz scored 20 goals last year, one of eight to do so on the Chiefs' roster, and finished the season with 42 points and a +21 in 68 games. In Spokane, Marantz played 109 games.
The Chiefs are now carrying 24 players, including three 20-year-olds; defenseman Corbin Baldwin and forwards Darren Kramer and Steven Kuhn. Spokane has three goaltenders, nine defensemen and 12 forwards.
The Chiefs will open the home portion of the regular season on Saturday night versus the Tri-City Americans.