SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs
announced today that 19-year-old Saint John native Aidan Kelly has been
traded to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.
“Aidan has been a pleasure to work
with over his three-plus years in Saint John,” says Sea Dogs head coach
and General Manager Mike Kelly. “He has done everything we have asked of
him while he has been with us. He has been an excellent teammate and a
versatile forward who was an important piece of our successful teams
over the past three years.”
In return, Saint John receives 17-year-old defenceman Jeremy Doucet from the Titan.
For a glimpse into Kelly’s highlights with the Sea Dogs, visit Sea Dogs TV, the team’s official YouTube channel.
Kelly was originally drafted in the second round, 28th
overall in the 2009 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League entry draft by
the Sea Dogs. He played 19 games during the 2009-2010 QMJHL season,
scoring once and adding five assists.
In his sophomore season, Kelly
featured in 49 games and had 10 points to his name, six goals and four
assists. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Saint John native stepped it up in his
third year, setting career highs in goals, assists and points. He found
the back of the net on nine occasions and grabbed 23 assists for 32
Thus far in the 2012-13 season Kelly
has two goals and 10 points including two goals and two assists in the
month of December, his most productive this season.
Doucet hails from Dieppe, NB and has
played in 18 games for the Titan registering two assists along the way.
The 6-foot, 200-pound d-man was selected by Bathurst in the fifth round,
86th overall in the 2012 QMJHL entry draft. Ironically enough, both of Doucet’s assists were tallied in games against the Sea Dogs.
“It is tough to say goodbye to players
like Aidan but we hope he has an opportunity to play an important role
for his new team and we will be getting a young defenseman in Doucet
that competes hard and hopefully become an important part of our success
in the future,” Kelly says.
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