The Winnipeg ICE have moved 20-year-old goaltender Gage Alexander to the Swift Current Broncos in a trade that has seen Manitoba’s newest Western Hockey League club turn a seventh-round WHL pick into a third round selection.
Selected 133rd overall by the ICE in the 2017 WHL Prospects Draft, Alexander has been groomed into a starter and gave Winnipeg the return of a third rounder in the one-for-one deal with Swift Current. Currently standing at 6-foot-6, the lengthy goaltender has since been drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2021 (fifth round).
“Swift Current was one of my most hated teams to play against,” Alexander said in an interview for SCBroncos.com. “They’re a hard team to play against. They were always on top of me all night just chipping away, so it’s a good thing I’m on this side now.”
The Okotoks, AB. product has been with Winnipeg for parts of four WHL seasons, appearing in 45 career contests with the ICE and posted a 25-11-3-2 record. He put up an impeccable 18-7-2-2 record last season with a 2.40 goals against average and a .911 save percentage to go along with three shutouts.
“Being in a winning atmosphere is something that’s a positive, and I want to bring that to Swift Current,” Alexander added. “If I’m able to give the Broncos a chance to win every night, then I’m doing my job. I see this team as one with very high stature and one of the best teams in the Central Division.”
After attending Ducks’ development camp, Alexander will join his Broncos teammates at Swift Current training camp this September.