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Bandits sign CHL veteran goalie Hughson

BROOKS, AB (January 3, 2016) – The Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) have signed 1995-born goaltender Garret Hughson (Foremost, AB), the team announced today.

Hughson, 20, is a four-season veteran of the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL), and most recently played for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he posted a 7-4-1 record with a 3.09 goals against average and .895 save percentage, after starting the year in Spokane.

“Garret is an experienced starting goalie at the major junior level,” said Bandits head coach and general manager Ryan Papaioannou. “We felt it was a must to add his size to our net.

“He is motivated to win a championship, and we are looking forward to his arrival in Brooks.”

Last season, as Spokane’s starter in 53 games played, the 6’3”, 196lb goaltender went 23-23-4 with a 2.80 goals against average and .902 save percentage, after playing in 48 combined games in the prior two seasons. Hughson is a graduate of the Medicine Hat Tigers Midget AAA program, from which he graduated after the 2011-12 season.

“It will be great to be close to home, playing for such a great team,” said Hughson. “It’s a perfect fit to end my junior career, and I’m excited to get the ball rolling.”

Hughson is expected to make his Brooks debut this upcoming weekend, when the Bandits take on their divisional rivals, the Drumheller Dragons, in a home-and-home series beginning Friday in Drumheller at 7:30 PM, followed by a Saturday night home game at the Centennial Regional Arena at 7:00 PM.

Tickets for Saturday night’s game are available online at tickets.brooksbandits.ca, by phone at (403) 501-0122, or in person at the CRA.

(photo credit: Windsor Star)