Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Raycroft joins blueline in trade with North Bay

Press Release

BELLEVILLE, ON - After acquiring left winger Remi Elie from the London Knights on Wednesday, George Burnett and the Belleville Bulls announced a second transaction, with the addition of blueliner Mark Raycroft from the North Bay Battalion. In exchange, the Bulls have dealt a 6th round pick in 2015 back to North Bay.

An 18 year-old native of Woodstock, Raycroft brings a 6'2", 198Ibs. frame and a smooth stride to the Yardmen Arena. The former 6th round selection in 2011 spent a his 16 year-old campaign with the St. Thomas Stars Jr. B club before suiting up 66 games in Battalion green over the past two years, notching 2 goals and 7 assists to go with a +5 rating.

Raycroft will help solidify the Belleville blueline after deals that saw the departure of Daniel De Sousa to Saginaw and Brady Austin to London in the hours prior.

"Mark is a mobile defenceman who makes a good first pass and moves the puck well," said Burnett of the new acquisition.

A right-handed shooting rearguard, Raycroft is expected to suit up on the team's Western Conference road swing to Windsor and London that kicks off Thursday.

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