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Red Deer Rebels trade for Maple Ridge goaltender

Kyle Kelsey part of a draft-day trade in the WHL
Kyle Kelsey after his first BCHL win in goal for the Victoria Grizzlies in October 2021. (Special to The News)

Maple Ridge goaltender Kyle Kelsey has been traded to the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.

Brent Sutter, the owner and GM of the Rebels, announced a goalie swap on Thursday. He acquired Kelsey from the Moose Jaw Warriors, along with a fourth-round selection in today’s WHL Prospects Draft and a conditional pick, in exchange for goaltenders Connor Ungar, Justen Maric and a conditional pick. Ungar, 20, would be an overage player next season in the WHL.

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Originally signed by Moose Jaw in 2019, Kelsey was honoured as the top U16 goaltender in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) in 2019-20 while playing with Burnaby Winter Club.

Kelsey, now 18, played 28 games with the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL in 2021-22, posting a 14-12-0 record, 2.83 goals against average and .913 save percentage.

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Neil Corbett

About the Author: Neil Corbett

Neil Corbett has been a journalist for more than 30 years, the past decade with the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News.
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