By Cory Smith, Stratford Beacon Herald
Slowly but surely, the Stratford Cullitons’ roster is taking shape.
The team signed four more players this week and made a trade as it prepares for the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League season opener next Friday.
Stratford acquired 19-year-old defenceman Brock Heshka from the London Nationals in exchange for a 16-year-old roster card the Cullitons received from the St. Catharines Falcons in a separate deal, plus future considerations.
“We wanted to be bigger and more mobile (on the blue-line) and we thought that would be a good fit,” Cullitons director of hockey operations Paul Jennings said.
Heshka, a six-foot-three, 208-pounder from Bracebridge, scored one goal and added seven assists in 18 games with the Summerside Western Capitals of the Maritime Junior Hockey League last season.
Jennings was able to watch Heshka play and talked to some contacts out east before bringing in the veteran, who will help replace some of the defencemen lost to age.
The Cullitons also announced the signings of forwards Tanner Hertel, Quinten Haddock, Josh Higgins and Dylan Lebold.
“It’s an ever-changing landscape here,” Jennings said. “We want to be very patient in our process.”