SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs
have announced a deal that sends 18-year-old Benjamin Hade to the
expansion club of the Sherbrooke Phoenix.
“This move was made to give Benjamin
an opportunity to play,” says Sea Dogs head coach and General Manager
Mike Kelly. “With Ben we had nine defensemen and he would have had to
take his turn sitting out games. Ben deserves a chance to play
regularly, and when the opportunity came to move him to a team where he
would get that chance we decided it was probably good for him. We wish
Ben good luck and thank him for everything he has done for his team.”
In exchange, the Sea Dogs receive Sherbrooke’s 4th-round pick in the 2014 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft.
The 6-foot-2, 212-pound d-man calls Quebec, QC home. Hade was selected in the 4th-round, 55th overall, in the 2010 QMJHL entry draft.
In 17 regular season games with the
Sea Dogs over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, Hade has chipped in an
assist and 14 penalty minutes.
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)