Friday, October 11, 2013

Blades Recall Hnidy; Release Pochuk

Press Release

The Saskatoon Blades have announced that they have recalled defenceman Ross Hnidy from the Nipawin Hawks of the SJHL.  To make room for Hnidy on the roster, the team has released defenceman Kevin Pochuk.

Hnidy appeared in one game with the Blades earlier this season before being re-assigned to the SJHL on September 30th.  The 17 year old blueliner from Saskatoon was held without a point or any penalty minutes in that game on September 28th, and had an even plus-minus rating.

Hnidy was selected by Saskatoon in the 6th round, 115th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.  He spent the last two seasons as a member of the Midget-AAA Saskatoon Contacts, winning the provincial title both years.  Last year in 43 games with the Contacts, Hnidy posted 3 goals and 11 points to go along with 146 PIMs.

This was Kevin Pochuk's first year as a member of the Blades after being acquired in an off-season deal with the Red Deer Rebels.  He had dressed in 5 games so far this season with Saskatoon, posting a -2 rating with 6 PIMs.

The move means the Blades roster stays at 24 players including two goalies, 7 defencemen and 15 forwards.

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