EVERETT — Hunter Campbell is coming home.
The Everett Silvertips announced Thursday they acquired Campbell, a south Everett native, from the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for forward Conrad Mitchell and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 Western Hockey League bantam draft. The draft choice being sent to Calgary was acquired by Everett in the trade that sent Robbie Holmes back to Regina in the offseason.
“It’s a lot, but it’s super exciting also,” Campbell said. “Especially playing for the team I grew up watching and now being one of them, it’s quite the experience to be apart of and I’m excited to start my career here.”
Campbell, a Cascade High School graduate, grew up with season tickets within his family and was a huge Silvertips fan while growing up in the Everett Youth Hockey scene.
Campbell, a 2001-born right winger, has scored 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 31 games this season. He has 10 goals and 25 assists in 135 games over his two-plus years in the WHL.
A third-round pick by the Hitmen in the 2016 bantam draft, Campbell is a product of the Junior Silvertips 16-U program, where he was a teammate of current Silvertip forward Dawson Butt during the 2016-2017 season. Butt was the team’s leading scorer that season with 29 points and Campbell was second with 27, according to EliteProspects.com.
Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson said Everett was interested in selecting Campbell in the bantam draft, but Calgary selected him. When Campbell became available via trade, he jumped at the chance to acquire him.
“We just thought from our perspective acquiring a player we were always interested in from the get-go and could be helpful for our group was worthwhile,” Davidson said.
Campbell, 18, has three years of WHL eligibility remaining.
With the addition of Campbell, the Silvertips have four Washingtonians on their roster. Campbell joins Wyatte Wylie (Everett), Brendan Lee (Seattle) and Butt (Buckley).
Mitchell, a 2001-born forward, heads to Calgary after posting four goals and one assist in 29 games this season. A seventh-round pick by the Silvertips in the 2016 bantam draft, Mitchell provided a physical presence with his 6-foot-6, 230-pound frame.