SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs have acquired 19-year-old defenseman Nick Charif (pronounced “shuh-REEF”), a 2nd Round pick in 2015 and a conditional 6th Round pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft from the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for 18-year-old defenseman Colton Bobyk and a fourth round pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.

“Colton Bobyk and Nick Charif are both coming off injuries and the trade will give both players a fresh start going into the 2nd half of the season.  We are excited to have Nick join our group and give us another puck moving D-man,” Chiefs General Manager Tim Speltz said. 

“Acquiring another 2nd Round pick will also strengthen our position in the 2015 Bantam Draft, giving us two first round and two second rounds picks this year.”

Charif is in his second season with the Rebels appearing in 11 games through October 18th.  He has missed the last 24 games with a lower body injury and is expected to be in the lineup when he arrives in Spokane.  The Edmonton, Alberta native played 57 games last year and scored three goals, 13 points with 31 penalty minutes.

Bobyk has played eight games in his second full season as a Chief and has missed a majority of the season with lower body injuries.  The Red Deer, Alberta native will be cleared to play for the Rebels immediately.  Originally a 10th Round selection in the 2011 Bantam Draft, Bobyk played 66 games as a Chief, including 56 last season when he scored five goals, 12 points and registered 62 penalty minutes.

“We want to wish Colton all the best with the Rebels.”

The Chiefs return to action on Saturday night when they host the Tri-City Americans on Coeur d’Alene Casino Buck Night presented by 92.9 ZZU and KREM 2 following a nine game holiday break.  Spokane has won their last four games.  Tickets are available by calling the Chiefs office at (509) 535-PUCK.

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