Broncos trade for overage goaltender

Gage Alexander (centre) played in Swift Current twice with the Winnipeg Ice during the 2021-22 season. SOUTHWEST BOOSTER FILE PHOTO BY STEVEN MAH

The Swift Current Broncos acquired 2002-born goaltender Gage Alexander from the Winnipeg Ice in exchange for a 2025 third-round pick on July 29.

The 6’6’’ Alexander was a fifth-round selection, 148th overall, by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Alexander, from Okotoks, Alta., has played parts of four seasons in the WHL with the Ice, appearing in 45 career games with a 25-11-3-2 record.

After Isaac Poulter graduated from the Western Hockey League, the Broncos crease appears to be set with Alexander and Reid Dyck, who was drafted by the Boston Bruins on July 8.

“Adding Gage gives us some depth at the position and an opportunity for us to start the season strong,” said Broncos General Manager Chad Leslie. “We feel that we are taking a step forward as a group and this addition helps us in that regard.”

Alexander played 29 games for the Ice in 2021-22, posting an 18-7-2-2 record with a 2.40 goals against average, .911 save percentage and three shutouts. His 2.40 GAA ranked fourth in the WHL last season. He also played five playoff games for Winnipeg with a 1-2-2 record and a .910 save percentage.

The Broncos now have six NHL draft picks on the roster with Alexander, Owen Pickering, Connor Hvidston, Josh Filmon, Dyck and Josh Davies.

The Broncos only had three 2002-born players last season with defenseman Sam McGinley and forwards Raphael Pelletier and Carter Stebbings.

Alexander will be on the ice with his new teammates when the Broncos begin training camp in early September.