Thursday, January 2, 2014

Oil Kings acquire Orban from Giants

Press Release

Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Oil Kings made a move to bolster their back end Thursday, sending a second round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft to the Vancouver Giants in exchange for 19-year-old defenceman Blake Orban.

“We just felt it was important to add some experience to our back end, and with Blake’s experience and his defensive game and physical compete, it will certainly be a good addition to what we already have within our defensive group,” said Oil Kings General Manager Randy Hansch.

Orban, a 6-foot-1, 199-pound blueliner, is in his third full season with the Giants and has four goals, 15 points, 75 penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating in 38 games this season. The Calgary native has nine goals and 34 points in 153 games in the WHL.

“Blake’s a play-hard, two-way defenceman that really concentrates on his defensive side,” Hansch said of the new addition. “With the way he plays the game, he’ll certainly fill a role with his maturity and his minutes.”

Orban is expected to join this Oil Kings this weekend.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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