Broncos swap Doyle for Bobbee
The Swift Current Broncos appear to have cleared up their overage situation last week after trading defenseman Eric Doyle to the PortlandWinter Hawks.
In return the Broncos received veteran 19-year-old defenseman Travis Bobbee.
Doyle, 20, had three goals and 13 assists in 16 games this season with a plus four rating.
“Obviously it is pretty disappointing and upsetting being here for three and a half years. But it is a good trade for both teams and both players involved too that will benefit both of us, so it is good,” said Doyle only hours after learning of the trade.
Bobbee, a native of Arborg, MB, had two goals and six assists in 28 games with a minus four rating for the Winter Hawks.
In 201 Western Hockey League games Bobbee had 54 points and aminus 46 rating with the Winter Hawks and Lethbridge Hurricanes.
“I like to think of myself as an offensive defenseman. You know getting shots off, try and get a goal and if not then try and create a rebound for the forwards down low to try and stuff it back in. But also I like to take care of my defensive zone too.”
Both Bobbee and Doyle were first round WHL bantam picks, each going 15th overall. Bobbee was selected by Lethbridge in 2005 and Doyle by Everett in 2004.
The trade leaves the Broncos with defenseman Derek Claffey and forwards Michael Stickland and Matt Tassone as their three overage players. Lamb said Tassone is expected to be back in the line-up this week sometime.