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Hitmen, Broncos and Americans hook up for three-way WHL trade

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CALGARY - The Western Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen, Swift Current Broncos and Tri-City Americans completed a three-way trade involving five players Saturday.

The Hitmen sent right-winger Keegan Dansereau and defenceman Brett Plouffe to the Broncos in exchange for centre Kyle Bortis and defenceman Paul Postma.

Swift Current then sent Plouffe to the Americans for left-winger Erik Felde.

Dansereau, 19, was the third-leading scorer on the Hitmen last season with 59 points (28-31) while the 20-year-old Felde is coming off a 52-point (24-28) campaign. Plouffe, 18, had eight assists in 44 games last season.

"We felt this was a trade that we couldn't pass up," Broncos coach Dean Chynoweth said in a release. "It provides us with added scoring, veteran leadership, and now solidifies our top two lines.

"It is tough giving up a player of Paul's ability, but you have to give up in one area to gain in another and I feel that we've done that."

Bortis, 19, had 38 points (18-20) last season while the 18-year-old Postma had 24 points (5-19).

"We are excited to add both Paul and Kyle to our lineup," said Hitmen coach Kelly Kisio. "Postma is a good, solid puck-moving defenceman who will help solidify our defence, while Bortis is a skilled forward who will provide both scoring and depth to our team."

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