Chilliwack Chiefs acquire veteran goalie Nolan Hildebrand

Chilliwack Chiefs acquire veteran goalie Nolan Hildebrand

Mathieu Caron has played way too much this season and now has an experienced backup

The Chilliwack Chiefs have acquired a veteran goaltender, picking up Nolan Hildebrand from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Estevan Bruins in exchange for future considerations.

The 20 year old’s name will be familiar to followers of the BCHL.

Hildebrand spent the last two seasons with the Penticton Vees, playing sparingly and compiling a 17-6-0 record with a 2.69 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.

He was moved to the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Okotoks Oilers in July and then on to Estevan.

Chilliwack’s No. 1 goaltender, Mathieu Caron, has played all but 13 minutes this season and needed a veteran backup.

“Nolan is a 20 year old with experience in this league,” said Chiefs head coach/general manager Brian Maloney. “Caron has been one of the best goalies in the league but we wanted that experience and insurance while (injured Daniel) Chenard gets healthy.”