On the December 1 roster cutdown day, Glengarry county’s CCHL2 hockey clubs were busy on the trade front, exchanging skaters in a multi-player deal that sees a pair of North Glengarry lads go south.
The Alexandria Glens dealt Lochlan MacDonald and Hunter MacPherson to the Char-Lan Rebels in exchange for Joshua Weatherall, Reese Donnelly, and Evan Huntley. Huntley was then shipped to the Casselman Vikings, in exchange for Mikaël Bissonnette.
MacDonald and MacPherson are 18-year-old defencemen who, respectively, call Alexandria and Dalkeith home.
Bissonnette, from Rockland, is a 6 ft. 3 in., 210 lb. blueliner. The 17-year-old is a 2018 OHL draft pick of the Niagara Ice Dogs.
Huntley and Weatherall are also D-men, while Donnelly is a forward. All players are expected to report to their new teams this week to participate in regular practices and prepare for upcoming games.
It’s been a particularly busy couple of days for Glens general manager Derick Viau. Yesterday, he picked up Nicolas Corry from the Winchester Hawks in exchange for future considerations. The 17-year-old forward from Gloucester had 6 points and 25 penalty minutes in 18 games with the Hawks this season.
Another 17-year-old, Zachary Power, was picked up by Viau from the Vikings, in exchange for a player development fee. The rookie centreman from Rockland had 12 points and 10 penalty minutes in 22 games with Casselman.
Jonathan Paquette, a defenceman, was waived by the Vikings and immediately signed by the Glens on Sunday.
In another December 1 move to reduce the team’s roster to 23 players, Daniel Scott was released.
Viau’s final move of the weekend was to sign a player sent down from the affiliated CCHL Hawkesbury Hawks, as forward Ryan Leonard will become a Glen. The Orchard Park, N.Y. 18-year-old dressed for 15 games with the Hawks without registering a point.
The Glens also had a deal with Casselman last week as well. See this post for the details.
On losing MacDonald and MacPherson, Alexandria’s general manager admits that was his most difficult decision of the past few days, though he adds that the move was an important piece of the rebuild for his team and the Glens look towards the future.
Hockey Canada rules require junior hockey teams to cut down to 25 the number of signed and open cards they hold. This number is further reduced, to 23, on January 10.