The Portland Winterhawks will have additional draft picks at their disposal in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft after shipping goaltender Keith Hamilton to the new Victoria franchise. In exchange, the yet to be named team will give Portland their third, fourth and eighth round picks. The former Chilliwack Bruins announced their move to Victoria, B.C. earlier this spring.
Hamilton spent three years with the Portland Winterhawks. In a press release issued Thursday, the Winterhawks touted the contribution he made during the 2010-2011 season, highlighted by a 29-save shutout March 5 at Vancouver.
Winterhawks Head Coach Mike Johnston commented on the trade and wished the 19-year-old well.
"In his three years with our organization both as a backup and a starter, Keith showed terrific character and became a very good goaltender," said Johnston. "This trade will allow Keith the opportunity to get more playing time and a chance to be a starter in the league."
Johnston also expressed that he did not want two 19-year-old goaltenders on the roster. In recent weeks the Winterhawks have signed two young goaltenders in Brendan Burke and Jarrod Schamerhorn.