Stallions add F Doug Ledger; League Standout F Reilly Degray!
In what was an eventful deadline day for GM David Lang and Head Coach & Director of Hockey Operations Sylvain Cloutier, The Stallions were active, and landed what they hope will be key pieces for a long playoff run and winning back-to-back Presidents Cup Championship's.
The first deal of the day, saw the Stallions acquire F Doug Ledger from the Seaforth Generals, in exchange for 3 future considerations. Ledger, a 6'2, 201 lbs, 1998 born Center from Port Carling, ON will bring size, determination, and scoring touch to the Stallions. Last season in 19 games for the now defunct Bracebridge Pioneers, Ledger tallied 22 G and 21 A for 43 pts.
"We felt we could use some depth, and with the addition of Ledger, this provides that. He can play many of roles on a club, and we look forward to getting him into our lineup" said Head Coach Sylvain Cloutier.
"Doug is going to bring his game, and our team up a notch. Having played against him, we know what he is capable of. We see him being a driving force here in what we ask of him. Can do it all. PP, PK, 5 on 5...he's ready, and we're excited to have him" said General Manager David Lang.
As the deadline was quickly approaching, the Stallions then made what has to be considered the biggest deal of the day, landing Team Captain and recent McKendree University Signee F Reilly Degray from the Smith Falls Settlers, for F/D Malcom Gamelin, D Ben Baumgarner and D Ryan Dick.
Degray, a 5'11, 205 lbs, 1998 born Center from Smith Falls, ON will bring the total package to Essa. Scoring, leadership, physicality, defensive responsibility, just to name a few key attributes he brings to the table. in 107 games played in the CPJHL for Smith Falls, Reilly has 70 G and 62 A for a total of 132 points and 209 PIMS.
"I've had the pleasure of coaching Reilly a couple of times now in All Star tournaments. I know what he is capable of, and it's not hard to recognize that he is one of the best players in this league. He's a leader. He will bring that to this club, and hopefully be that key piece that puts us over the edge." said Head Coach Sylvain Cloutier.
"It's never easy pulling the trigger on these trades. Yes, it's a business but at the end of the day they are kids. Moving kids from comfort zones to new places is always hard, but it's part of the hockey world. We want to thank Malcom, Ben and Ryan for their contributions to the club. We truly do wish them the best, and believe that getting them to Smith Falls will help them tremendously in their hockey development." said GM David Lang. "With all that being said, we're very excited to add Reilly to our squad, and believe he will make an immediate impact" Land added.
Reilly has also just returned from St.Louis, Missouri, where he signed his national letter of intent to play collegiate hockey at McKendree University!
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