OTTAWA – The Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League acquired 18-year-old goaltender Liam Herbst from the London Knights today for the second-round pick of the Oshawa Generals in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection draft and a conditional fourth-rounder in the 2017 draft.
Herbst was the Knights’ first-round selection (22nd overall) of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection after helping the Mississauga Rebels to an OHL Cup championship, but did not play during the 2012-13 season due to hip and knee injuries.
A rigorous rehabilitation program has enabled Herbst to recover. This season, he has played 15 games with the London Nationals of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL), recording a 10-5-0 record with a 2.86 goals against average.
He went 4-1-0 in November and was named the league’s Western Conference goaltender of the month.
“We’re extremely happy to get Liam and welcome him to our team,” said Chris Byrne, 67’s general manager and coach. “Liam has fully recovered from his injuries and that says a lot about his character and determination. He’s going to help us at the goaltending position in the years to come.”
This is the second trade announced by Ottawa today. Earlier, the 67’s acquired 19-year-old centre Erik Bradford from the Barrie Colts, along with a third-round pick in the 2015 OHL draft and a conditional third-rounder in 2016, for right winger Joe Blandisi.
Herbst will join the 67’s on the team’s current road trip to Windsor, Saginaw and Plymouth. Ottawa plays in Windsor on Thursday, Saginaw on Friday and Plymouth on Saturday before returning home to Eastern Ontario.
The next home game for the 67’s is Friday, January 17 against the Belleville Bulls at Canadian Tire Centre. Faceoff is at 7:30 p.m.