RALSTON, NE – In the wake of a 2-0-0 opening weekend to start their 28th season in the United States Hockey League (USHL), the Omaha Lancers traded second-year forward Drew Melanson to the Waterloo Black Hawks in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2014 USHL Draft, the team announced Wednesday.
“Drew is a great player and a terrific young man and we wish him nothing but the best in Waterloo,” said Lancers Head Coach and General Manager Brian Kaufman on Wednesday. “He was a big contributor for us last year and I’m sure there are big things ahead for Drew with the Hawks.”
A Paramus, New Jersey native, Melanson made his commitment to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York during the 2012-13 USHL season, a year in which Melanson ranked among the league’s highest-scoring rookies with 13 goals and 29 total points in 61 games played for the Lancers. “So thankful for all the support I've been given in Omaha with the Lancers, a class act organization,” said Melanson via twitter (@Drewfro27) on Tuesday. “Excited for my new start in Waterloo!”
With Melanson’s departure, the Lancers roster currently sits at 23 total players as Omaha prepares for back-to-back clashes with the league-leading Sioux Falls Stampede, beginning Friday at 7:05 pm at Sioux Falls Arena. Full coverage of Friday’s action begins with the “Valpak Pregame Show” at 6:50 pm on the Lancers’ flagship station, “The Mighty” 1290 KOIL-AM and online via FASTHockey.com with Lancers broadcaster Tony Brown providing the play-by-play.
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