Vernon Vipers forward Brett Fudger creates traffic in front of Chilliwack Chiefs goalie Kolby Thornton during a BCHL battle last season. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Chilliwack Chiefs trade goaltender to Lloydminster Bobcats

The team needed to make room in a crowded crease, and moved Kolby Thornton to the AJHL team

The Chilliwack Chiefs have made a move to clear a logjam in the goal crease.

Kolby Thornton has been traded to the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, with future considerations coming back to Chilliwack.

“Kolby is a great kid who was loved in our locker room last season,” said Chiefs hockey boss Brian Maloney. “This move was all about Kolby and him having the opportunity to become a starting goaltender. We wish him nothing but the best and will be cheering for him.”

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The soon-to-be 19 year old was the odd man out with veteran stopper Mathieu Caron returning for another campaign and the team inking promising prospect Ethan Pearson.

Thornton struggled a bit in his one season in Chilliwack.

He played sparingly, making 16 regular season appearances with a 3.13 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.

His departure does break up a brother act, with defenceman Hudson Thornton remaining in the Chiefs fold.


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