Hurricanes trade Westgarth to Calgary for Nemisz

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network
Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes made a personnel move on Monday as forward Kevin Westgarth was traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for forward Greg Nemisz.

As per the team’s press release, Nemisz will report to the Hurricanes’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate club, the Charlotte Checkers.

“Greg is a young player and a former first-round pick that we hope will continue to develop into a solid NHL player,” Hurricanes president and general manager Jim Rutherford stated in the release.

“We thank Kevin for his time with the Hurricanes and wish him well.”

In 43 games played for Carolina, Westgarth tallied four points (2g, 2a) and racked up 49 penalty minutes.

Nemisz has scored five goals, earned four assists (9 points) and posted a plus-5 plus/minus rating in 32 games played this season with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat.

The 22-year old Courtice, Ontario native is in his fourth professional season and was drafted by the Flames in the first round (25th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Nemisz (6’3”, 197 lbs) has appeared in 15 career NHL regular-season games with Calgary, earning one assist, and has played in 206 career AHL regular-season games with Abbotsford, scoring 35 goals and earning 46 assists (81 points).

He played his junior hockey as a member of the Windsor Spitfires’ back-to-back Memorial Cup-winning teams in 2009 and 2010, and represented Canada at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship.