Bron­cos swap Doyle for Bobbee

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS -

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.

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