Kelowna Rockets President/GM Bruce Hamilton has announced a major trade involving four players and two draft picks with one of the top defenceman in the WHL coming Kelowna’s way.

The Rockets have acquired defenceman Josh Morrissey and forward Gage Quinney from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for Rockets players Austin Glover and Jesse Lees as well as WHL bantam draft picks (2nd round in 2016 and a 3rd round in 2017).

“We are getting arguably the best defenceman in the WHL in Josh Morrissey,” said Hamilton. “He’s been playing very well for Prince Albert and he made a strong point in Winnipeg’s training camp this year. I think we’ve done something very good for our hockey club. We’ve lost a couple of really good players in the deal but I just thought we needed to add something to our young defence.”

Hamilton thanked both Glover and Lees for their dedication to the Rockets over the years. Both players were Rockets draft picks.

“We don’t make a lot of trades and when this came up we knew we would have to give up good players,” said Hamilton “We gave up two high quality players and people in Jesse and Austin. I think they are going to a team that will be very competitive and they are counting on them to go in and help bolster the line-up.”

Notes on the trade by Cody Nickolet: