The Swan Valley Stampeders had a very active trade deadline day, adding three key pieces for their playoff push, and future.
The theme for this years deadline was defence and goaltending. Something that was addressed throughout the day.
Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff made four deals today, as he was looking to add size, and toughness to their defensive core, along with solidifying their goaltending tandem.
In the first deal of the day the Stampeders acquired 6’1”, 170 lbs defenceman Colton Sun from the Selkirk Steelers for future considerations. The 18-year-old has dressed in 24 games between the Merritt Centennials of the BCHL and the Selkirk Steelers of the MJHL, scoring 1 goal, adding 4 assists in 24 games.
“We are excited to add Colton Sun to our line up,” said Wolff. “He has above average hockey IQ, and his vision will help our power play. He is still learning the junior game, but is a welcome addition to our roster.”
In their second deal of the day, Wolff sent Mattias Dal Monte to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL. The 19-year-old from Nanaimo, BC dressed in 39 games scoring 12 goals, adding 30 assists for 42 points.
The third deal was a huge deal by the Stampeders, solidifying their goaltending situation. Wolff acquired 19-year-old Parker Rey from the Battlefords North Stars of the SJHL for futures. The 6’4” 174 lbs goaltender from Grand Blanc, MI, USA posted a 2.44 GAA with a .913 SV% in 14 games, helping the North Stars to first place overall in their division.
The fourth and final deal of the day saw the Stampeders acquire 6’2 201 lbs defenceman Danny Griffith from the Grand Falls Rapids of the MHL for futures. The 19-year-old from Nepean, ON scored 1 goal, added 3 assists in 19 games with the Rapids.
“We are excited to add Parker Rey and Danny Griffith,” added Wolff. “Griffith is big body, and is a shut down defencman that skates very well.” “Rey is a big athletic goaltender, and brings a veteran presence to our team.”
Sun will wear #7 and Rey will wear #33 for your Stampeders. Both will be in the lineup Saturday against the Neepawa Natives. Puck drop is 7:30pm. Griffith will arrive in Swan River Sunday to join the team.
All junior teams had to have their final rosters down to 23 players by 5pm on January 10, 2020.