Saturday, October 22, 2011

Smokies Shake Things Up:

Over the week, the Trail Smoke Eaters went through a fairly large shakeup, sending 20 year d-man Rajan Sidhu to the Drumheller Dragons in return for a 19 year goaltender named James D'Andrea. D'Andrea, a native of Calgary, Alberta, compiled an 11-20-4 record with a 4.11 GAA in 42 AJHL appearances with the Dragons and Calgary Canucks.He has definitely struggled at the Junior A level, but a fresh start in Trail should help him out a lot. 

The Smokies also sent goaltender Matt Larose and youngster Dan Delbianco to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in a 5 player deal that sees them receive a butt load of talent in return. Taylor House, an ex-Osoyoos Coyote, will provide an offensive spark and Tanner Hicks, an ex-Olds Grizzly, will also contribute. Rajan Sidhu is replaced by '93 born D-man Marley Keca, the native of Kelowna has 1.5 seasons of experience under his belt, after spending his rookie season in Quesnel after leaving the KIJHL's North Okanagan Knights. Marley and I go back to those days, he is a great kid who will help the Smoke Eaters be competitive every night. 

Best of Luck to everyone who was shuffled in the deal! For more information, check out this link, it will take you directly to the article on the Trail website.

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