Here's Calgary's press release:
Calgary, AB – Calgary Hitmen General Manager and Head Coach Kelly Kisio announced today a four player trade with the Swift Current Broncos.
The Hitmen have acquired 19-year-old center Kyle Bortis and 18 year-old defenceman Paul Postma in exchange for 19 year-old right winger Keegan Dansereau and 18 year-old defenceman Brett Plouffe.
“We are very excited to add both Paul and Kyle to our line-up,” said Kisio. “Postma is a good, solid, puck moving defenceman who will help solidify our defence, while Bortis is a skilled forward who will provide both scoring and depth to our team.
Bortis is in his third WHL season and was the Broncos first round pick (16th overall) in the 2003 WHL Bantam Draft. He had a break-out campaign in Swift Current last season scoring 18 goals.
Postma also had a strong 2006-07 season. The mobile rearguard possesses a great shot and was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers (7th round) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Keegan Dansereau will play tonight in Medicine Hat while Erik Felde will join the team Monday at practice, in time for the Broncos five game swing through Alberta and B.C.
I'm not sure where these trade leaks come from but I was made aware of a potential deal yesterday evening from a source in Calgary. You check the internet and the details are already half out there.
In this day and age of text messaging, blogs, and e-mail, this stuff spreads like a wildfire. Fans were just waiting for an official announcement as they have come to expect message board posts as a reliable source of information.
The Broncos weren't saying anything. They know the procedure when it comes to trades involving their players. Obviously the players have friends on other teams around the league and they share information back and forth.
Again, we will have the Broncos comments tonight in Medicine Hat... where I'm off to as we speak.