The North Bay Jr. Trappers bolstered their offense by acquiring forward Ryan Brain from the Kirkland Lake Blue Devils in exchange for forward and team captain Jon Dionne along with future considerations.
The 6’4”, 190 pound forward from Orillia was the leading scorer for the Blue Devils with 8 goals and 8 assists totaling 16 points in 21 games this season.
Head coach Tom McCarthy is excited about the offence Brain will bring for the Trappers, but he says the club will miss Jon Dionne who had 0 goals and 6 assists in 18 games this season.
“Unfortunately you have to give quality to get quality and we need a quality scorer,” said McCarthy.
“Our team is looking for more scoring punch therefore we had to make a very difficult decision, Jon will be missed for a number of reasons but we wish him all the best and believe we have helped our team get even more competitive.”
MARCEAU CHOOSES GMHL
The Jr. Trappers also tried to move local forward Adam Marceau to their northern rival, however Marceau opted to play closer to home with the Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks of the non-sanctioned Greater Metro Jr. ‘A’ League.
“When we first offered Adam Marceau an opportunity for more playing time and a chance to be in the lineup every night with the Blue Devils, we thought Adam might welcome the opportunity but Adam has elected to join the outlaw league and play out his junior career there,” said President/GM Chris Dawson.
“Both Adam Marceau and Jonathan Dionne are good kids that we wish the very best in there endeavors. However on a positive note, we feel Ryan Brain makes us a better hockey team today and gives us some much needed scoring.”
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