SPOKANE -- The Spokane Chiefs acquired 18-year-old goaltender Luke Lee-Knight and a fifth round bantam selection in 2012 from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for defenseman Tyler Vanscourt on Thursday.
"This trade was dictated by our abundance of young defensemen ready to take the step and play in the WHL," Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz said. "It strengthens our draft position, which is always important, and also strengthens our goaltending position."
Lee-Knight finished fourth in the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) with a 2.56 Goals Against Average last season while playing with the Calgary Royals.
The 19-year-old Vanscourt appeared in 57 games last year for the Chiefs, his only season in Spokane, and scored four goals and 23 points. He was +3 with 49 penalty minutes.
Lee-Knight will arrive in Spokane when travel dictates. His arrival led to the release of 19-year-old goaltender Jacob Edwards.
Spokane is now carrying three goaltenders, nine defensemen and 14 forwards.
Spokane plays its final two games of the preseason this week, including Thursday night's home game at Eagles Ice-A-Rena versus the Tri-City Americans at 7pm.