The Kelowna Rockets acquired a 20-year-old impact forward and also parted with a veteran player in two separate Western Hockey League transactions on Wednesday.
The Rockets have acquired Slovakian forward Marek Tvrdon from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a second-round bantam draft pick in 2014.
To make room for Tvrdon on the Rockets roster, Kelowna sent 20-year-old Zach Franko to the Kootenay Ice for a sixth-round bantam draft pick in 2014 as well as a third round pick in 2016.
“Zach has been here for four years and it was very difficult but we felt we needed to add some size,” said Kelowna Rockets president/GM Bruce Hamilton. “We’d like to thank Zach for his four years of service with our team and wish him the best in the future.”
Tvrdon, a foutth round pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 2011, had been playing this season in the ECHL where he had posted nine goals and four assists in 22 games with the Toledo Walleye.
“We are getting a player that is bigger and will add some size and skill,” said Hamilton of Tvrdon.
Tvrdon is expected to join the Rockets on its current Alberta road trip.
The WHL’s trade deadline is Friday.