Rock acquire big forward
Hutchinson expected to add size, toughness to Timmins lineup
The timmins rock should be a tougher team to play against following Friday’s one-for-one trade with the MJAHL’s Pictou county crushers.
With a surplus of Junior ‘a’ defencemen, the rock shipped 1999-birth-year puck-moving blue-liner alexis Quane-arsenault (7, 1-0-1, 2) to the crushers in exchange for 1998-birth-year forward tyler hutchinson (6, 0-0-0, 31) and a player development fee.
Officially listed at 6-4 and 214 pounds, hutchinson will bring an element of size and toughness to the rock lineup.
A native of Oshawa, hutchinson split the 2017-18 campaign between the uxbridge bruins (26, 1-7-8, 131), of the PJCHL, and the crushers (19, 0-1-1, 57).
Rock general manager Kevin Peever, who completed the transaction, expects hutchinson to “quickly become a fan favourite.”
The rock are currently on a twogame road trip that will see them play the express in espanola Friday night and the Wildcats in elliot lake Saturday night.
Hutchinson is expected to arrive in timmins at some point on the weekend and join his new teammates for practice at the Mcintyre arena on Monday.
With the strong play of the rock blue-line this season, Quane-arsenault found it difficult to find playing time.
He and connor Mullins (1, 0-00, 0) — who has yet to be traded — became the odd men out.
Even with the departure of the duo, the rock still have seven blueliners — Josh anderson (12, 1-9-10, 16), ian elkins (9, 0-6-6, 0), Will caston (10, 1-2-3, 21), eric Moreau (5, 0-1-1, 0), luka bolduc (9, 0-1-1, 11), carson burlington (11, 0-1-1, 12) and Owen Shier (11, 0-1-1, 2).
Peever also confirmed on Friday the rock have sent home forwards Maxime charbonneau (8, 3-2-5, 9) and Maxime Piquette (3, 0-0-0, 2) as they continue to fine tune the roster.
NOJHL NOTES — the French river rapids have acquired goalie Marshall Frappier from the Nepean raiders, of the cchl. Frappier was a sixth-round (110th overall) pick of the Sudbury Wolves in the 2017 Ohl Priority Selection ... the blind river beavers have acquired forward ryan Peck from the Navan Grads, of the cchl ... the elliot lake Wildcats have traded forward dustyn birkhof to the little britain Merchants, PJHL.
The Timmins Rock have traded blue-liner Alexis Quane-Arsenault, shown here in action during an NOJHL game against the Powassan Voodoos at the McIntyre Arena on Sept. 23, to the Pictou County Crushers, of the MJAHL, in exchange for 1998-birth-year forward Tyler Hutchinson and a player development fee. Quane-Arsenault had difficulty finding playing time on a talented Rock blue-line.