CALGARY - The Calgary Hitmen are loading up for what they hope will be a deep playoff run.
Calgary acquired two of the Kamloops Blazers' top three scorers in a five-player deal Sunday.
The Hitmen picked up right-winger Tyler Shattock, centre Jimmy Bubnick and defenceman Zak Stebner in exchange for centre Chase Schaber and blue-liner Austin Madaisky.
Shattock recorded a team-leading 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) for the Blazers in 42 games this season. Bubnick was third on the team with 40 points (17-23) while Stebner had 18 points (7-11).
Calgary (28-12-2) is four points behind first-place Saskatoon in the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference standings.
Schaber posted 27 points (8-19) for the Hitmen while Madaisky had 18 points (5-13).
Also Sunday, the Seattle Thunderbirds traded defenceman Stefan Warg to the Prince Albert Raiders for defenceman Austin Frank and a fifth-round selection in the 2010 bantam draft.
The Regina Pats sent defenceman Matt Delahey to the Chilliwack Bruins for blue-liner Mitch McColm.