When forward Jake Elmer moved from the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League last year to the Grande Prairie Storm he looked at as a positive move that allowed him to get some ice time and improve.
That improvement, thanks in part to the Storm, continued this year and now Elmer finds himself back in the WHL – but this time not with the Pats.
Regina traded his rights to the Kootenay ice this week and he is expected to be in the lineup when the Ice host the Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday.
Elmer, 18, leaves as the Storm's second leading goal scorer with nine and was fifth overall in team scoring with 12 points in 20 games this season. He played 42 games overall for the Storm since 2014-15 with 10 goals, six assists and 49 penalty minutes. He played 20 games with Regina over the last two seasons.
“With our current roster situation, it was important that we add more depth to our lineup” said Ice general manager Jeff Chynoweth. “Jake adds WHL experience and potential to our club and will get an opportunity to continue his development within our group.”
The Storm have wished Elmer well as he pursues his major junior ambitions.