Hitmen trade Jake Bean to Americans in WHL blockbuster

The Calgary Hitmen have traded Jake Bean to the Tri-City Americans. (Larry MacDougal/CP)

The Calgary Hitmen have traded defenceman Jake Bean to the Tri-City Americans in a WHL blockbuster.

In exchange for Bean, Calgary is getting forward Carson Focht, defenceman Dakota Krebs and three draft picks.

Bean, 19, won a gold medal with Canada at the World Juniors. He joins a team in Tri-City that is battling for a spot in the top three of the U.S. Division standings.

A first-round pick by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2016, Bean has five goals and 27 points in 25 games this season.

The WHL trade deadline is Wednesday.