RANCIER (’00) WON THE BCHL TITLE IN 18-19 WITH THE SPRUCE KINGS.
The Estevan Bruins have acquired 2000-born goaltender Keenan Rancier from the BCHL’s Prince George Spruce Kings, concluding a Futures deal made at the trade deadline on January 10th, 2019.
In Rancier (Victoria, BC), the Bruins will be getting a 19-year-old netminder who was surrounded by a championship culture during his rookie season in junior hockey. The Spruce Kings won the ‘Fred Page Cup’ as BCHL champions in 2018-19, and also claimed the ‘Doyle Cup’ by defeating the Brooks Bandits in the BCHL/AJHL Best-of-7 series. Prince George would advance to the championship game of the National Junior ‘A’ Championship, falling 4-3 in the title game to the host Bandits.
Rancier (6’1, 180 lbs) served as the backup goaltender to Logan Neaton, who was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the 5th round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. In six regular season games with Prince George, Rancier posted a 1.67 G.A.A. and a .930 SV%.
In 2017-18, Rancier played with the Okanagan Hockey Academy of the CSSHL. Rancier appeared in 22 regular season games, sporting a 2.29 G.A.A. and a .921 SV%.
Rancier adds depth in net for the Bruins ahead of the team’s Main Camp at the end of August, joining fellow 19-year-old goaltender Kadin Kilpatrick who is returning after a terrific rookie season between the pipes with the Bruins.
The trade concludes a series of moves made since the January 10th trade deadline, where the Bruins sent Jack Michell (D) to the Flin Flon Bombers in exchange for Pierce Diamond (G). The Bruins then flipped Diamond to the Cowichan Valley Capitals for Future Considerations. A number of moves have since been made after the 18-19 season, eventually resulting in Rancier joining the Bruins.
The Estevan Bruins 2019/20 Main Camp is scheduled from August 29-31 at Affinity Place. The regular season is slated to begin on Friday, September 13th in Weyburn against the Red Wings.
Keenan Rancier in 2017-18 with the Okanagan Hockey Academy.