The Kindersley Klippers have acquired centre/right wing Sean Naish from the Cumberland Grads of the junior A Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) in exchange for future considerations.
Naish, who turns 19 in September, is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound centre who was born in Spruce View, Alta. In 54 games with Cumberland in 2012-13 he posted eight goals and 12 assists along with 28 penalty minutes.
"I was actually pretty fired up," Naish said when he found out the Klippers had traded for him. "(It's) a little bit closer to home....Definitely a positive feeling."
Saskatchewan won't be an unfamiliar place for Naish, who played midget AAA hockey with the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League.
"There's obviously some skill there," said head coach/general manager Rockie Zinger. "We know there's some size there. He skates pretty well. I think he's got potential to come in here and be a pretty decent player for us, so we're excited about him."
Zinger projects Naish to slide into the second or third line for the Klippers and add depth to the forward ranks. According to Zinger, Naish brings a versatility to the lineup in that he is strong down the middle but also a reliable winger.
"He's a real good penalty-killer," Zinger said. "So there's some versatility...and the other thing is he's excited about being a Klipper and we're excited about having him."
Naish describes himself as a puck-moving power forward who isn't afraid of a scrap or two.
"I know the Saskatchewan league is a little rougher than the (CCHL)," Naish said. "I'm pretty excited about that."
Naish is looking forward to meeting his new teammates in August and having a strong start to the season in September.
The Klippers open training camp Aug. 31 before the puck drops for the regular season Sept. 20 when they take on the Battlefords North Stars.
(Nathan can be reached at email@example.com)
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