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Winterhawks trade backup goalie Hamilton

It appears the Portland Winterhawks are going with Mac Carruth and a couple youngsters in goal next season.

The Winterhawks traded goaltender Keith Hamilton to the Victoria WHL franchise (formerly the Chilliwack Bruins) in exchange for third, fourth and eighth round picks in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

Hamilton put up career-highs across the board last season with a record of 17-6-0-2, including a 29-save shutout on March 5 at Vancouver, a goals against average of 2.91 and 91.4 percent save percentage. He also saw action in two playoff games, posting a 2.94 goals against average and 92.3 percent save percentage.

Hamilton also played nine games for the Winterhawks in the 2008-09 season. He spent the 2009-10 season with the Merritt Centennials with the British Columbia Hockey League while remaining on the Winterhawks' protected list.

'In his three years with our organization both as a backup and a starter, Keith showed terrific character and became a very good goaltender. This trade will allow Keith the opportunity to get more playing time and a chance to be a starter in the league,' says Mike Johnston, Portland's general manager and head coach.

'In addition, we didn't want to enter next season with two 19-year-old goalies (including starter Carruth). In recent weeks we have signed two promising young goaltenders in Brendan Burke and Jarrod Schamerhorn, and we're confident one of them will step up and do a good job as the backup next season.'