Trade Deadline Has Passed – by C. Scott Holland
The trade deadline has passed for 2015/16 and a few teams made some last minute moves and adjustments to their rosters.
The London Nationals and Stratford Cullitons both adjusted their rosters. London put 18 year-old forward Ethan Cocurullo on season ending IR and Stratford sent 19 year-old forward Quiten Haddock to the Hamburg Firebirds (Jr. C).
In a rather strange move the Caledonia Corvairs acquired yet another goaltender as they picked up Liam Conway from the Elmira Sugar Kings. This gives them four goalies. One has to wonder if they are hoarding goalies or expecting s sudden exodus or maybe even some injuries?
The Cambridge Winterhawks and Stratford completed a player swap which sent Cullitons’ Matthieu Mercier, a 5′ 10″ Kitchener, Ont. resident to Cambridge in exchange for forward Rob Grant, an 18 year-old Cambridge, Ont. resident who had played 30 games and tabbed seven goals along with six assists. Mercier, a forward, had played in 32 games with a single goal and one assist.
The Elmira Sugar Kings added veteran goalie Jonathan Reinhardt who had been with the Brook Bandits of the Alberta JHL. Reinhardt had played previously in the GOJHL from 2011/12 to 2014/15. The 6 ft., 19 year-old who hails from Cambridge, has a lifetime 42-9 record a fine 2.34 goals against average plus a save percentage of 92.5%.
As well the Sugar Kings added 20 year-old defenseman Kevin Fitzpatrick from the Guelph Hurricanes for David Elford, an 18 year-old forward who resides in Kitchener. Fitzpatrick is 5′ 10″ and 185 lbs. and had scored once and set up nine others. The 6′ 2″ Elford had appeared in 27 games as a rookie.
The St. Catharines Falcons made a couple of moves to bolster their lineup. They acquired 20 year-old veteran Anthony Postiglione from the Thorold Blackhawks. Postiglione who is in his sophomore year has played in 58 contests scoring 23 times (seven on the powerplay) and added 27 assists plus taken 105 penalty minutes. In exchange for Postiglione, Thorold received 17 year-old Stoney Creek native and defenseman Griffin Roubos. The 6′ 1″ rearguard played in this year’s Top Prospects game and has seen action in 30 games while scoring five times and helping out on 10 others.
Also, the Falcons added former Ancaster Avalanche defenseman Aaron St. Pierre. The 6′ tall St. Pierre has not played at all this season but had spent parts of the two previous ones (2013/14 and 2014/15) with Ancaster. He is a ninth round draft pick of the Kingston Frontenacs.
That wraps this year’s inter-league trades and some moves have ben surprising while others which were expected did not occur. Obviously several teams did not reach deals on players they wanted and other teams did not trades players. But there’s always until later in the month to sign free agent players.
In the meantime, all the best to the GOJHL players who have found new home teams.