Hitmen load up in deadline deal

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

Setting their sights on a championship, the Calgary Hitmen pulled the trigger on a big trade at the WHL deadline.

Landing two of the Kamloops Blazers' top three scorers and adding a big body on the blueline, the Hitmen gave up youngsters Chase Schaber and Austin Madaisky to score Blazers captain Tyler Shattock, centre Jimmy Bubnick and 6-foot-3 defenceman Zak Stebner.

Hitmen GM Kelly Kisio wishes his former players well, but is thrilled to bolster his lineup for the stretch run.

"I think all three are very good players who could use a new environment and a new energy rush. And I think we'll give that to them," Kisio said of the incoming talent, which includes Blazers captain Shattock, who is 17th in WHL scoring with 22 goals and 50 points in 42 games.

"I think it's a huge element. To add three guys like that to the lineup, it's hard not to do."

Disappointment after serving parts of five seasons in Kamloops quickly changed to excitement for Shattock when he digested the fact he's heading to a club expecting big things in the playoffs.

"That's a good feeling. They're trying to get to the Memorial Cup," said the 19-year-old winger as he packed yesterday.

"I've never been in a position like that before, so it'll be all new to me. But I'll take it in stride, and I'm pretty excited about it."

Bubnick, 18, was second on the Blazers with 40 points (17 goals, 23 assists) in 44 games.

Stebner has 18 points and 81 penalty minutes through 42 games.

Madaisky, 17, had 18 points on the Hitmen blueline, while Schaber, 18, scored eight goals and 27 points in 40 games.

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