Paddock earns ATO with Stockton Heat

Photo Courtesy of Perry Bergson/The Brandon Sun Brandon Wheat Kings forward Luka Burzan fires a shot at Prince Albert Raiders goalie Max Paddock during Western Hockey League action at Westoba Place last season.

Prince Albert Raiders netminder Max Paddock will get some pro experience in his first on-ice action in nearly a year.

The 20-year-old from Brandon has signed an amateur tryout with the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat, who are playing out of Calgary this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This will mark the second pro camp that Paddock has attended in his career as he took part in the San Jose Sharks rookie camp in 2018.

He was also invited to the Winnipeg Jets summer development camp in 2019, but was unable to attend after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery.

Following a trade with the Regina Pats on Jan. 9, 2020, Paddock was stellar in a Raiders uniform as he posted a 13-3-3 record with a 1.67 goals against average, a .935 save percentage and three shutouts on his way to being named to the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Conference second all-star team.

Paddock, who also cracked the Memorial Cup all-star team as a rookie in 2018, went undrafted at the last three National Hockey League drafts.

He’s expected to be the Raiders starting netminder when the East Division bubble begins in Regina on March 12.