Griz trade talented skater for rights to WHL goalie

The BCHL club has picked up last year’s top goaltender in the league as part of a three player deal with the Powell River Kings for 17-year-old forward Evan Richardson.

The Victoria Grizzlies made an off-season move to shore up the team between the pipes.

The Grizzlies traded away 17-year-old Evan Richardson for the rights to 20-year-old goalie Jamie Tucker, a Victoria product who played for the junior-B Saanich Braves before joining the Western Hockey League, in a three-team trade between the Penticton Vees and Powell River Kings.

Tucker broke in as Vancouver Giant before moving to the Prince Albert Raiders where he played 40 games last year.

Victoria also got 18-year-old defenceman Braden Pears and 18-year-old forward Scott Renner.

Victoria originally secured the rights to B.C. Hockey League goaltender of the year Michael Garteig, before sending him to Penticton.

Pears is from Victoria and has played two years in the BCHL with the Kings. Renner is a tough-to-play-against character expected to be a leader in the dressing room.