Rock ac­quire big for­ward

Hutchin­son ex­pected to add size, tough­ness to Tim­mins lineup

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - SPORTS - THOMAS PERRY

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.

THOMAS PERRY/THE DAILY PRESS

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.

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