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Vancouver Giants & Swift Current Broncos make swap of import forwards

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The Vancouver Giants and Swift Current Broncos have made a swap of import forwards in a bid to improve the up-front core of both teams.

Heading to the Giants in the deal is 2001-born forward Joona Kiviniemi while the Broncos have acquired 2001-born forward Sergei Alkhimov and a sixth-round selection in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Joona Kiviniemi is a solid offensive get for the Giants, who enter Tuesday’s WHL action with the ninth-most goals for in the 22-team league.

The Broncos chose the 6-foot-1, 181-pound product of Oulu, Finland with the 59th-overall selection of the 2018 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. In 62 games during the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season, Kiviniemi posted 25 points (16G-9A), including five power-play goals and two game-winning goals. In 15 games this season, Kiviniemi has 10 points (6G-4A), including three power-play goals and one game-winning goal.

On the other end of the deal, Alkhimov returns to the province of Saskatchewan and the Eastern Conference.

The 5-foot-11, 213-pound product of Moskva, Russia was chosen 47th overall by the Regina Pats at the 2018 CHL Import Draft. In 66 games during the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season, Alkhimov had 27 points (13G-14A), including three power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and two game-winning goals. In 16 games with the Giants this season, Alkhimov had one assist.

“Sergei is a player that fits the mold of what we’re trying to build towards in Swift Current,” said Broncos head coach and director of hockey operations Dean Brockman. “He’s a player that works extremely hard and is excited to be a Swift Current Bronco.

“We’re very happy to have him in our organization.”

Up next for the Broncos is a trip to southern Alberta to face the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday, November 6 (7:00 p.m. MT). The Giants return to action on Friday, November 8 (7:30 p.m. PT) when they play host to the Portland Winterhawks.

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