Blizzard acquires a new defenseman
EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — The Edmundston Blizzard made further changes on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, the deadline date for players’ movements in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.
Edmundston acquired 19-year-old defenseman Tommy Bertrand of the Terrebonne Cobras of the Quebec AAA Junior Hockey League in return for future considerations. Terrebonne (27-3-2-1) is by far the best team in the Quebec league and Bertrand was an important part of it.
A native of Blainville, Que., Bertrand, 6’0’’ and 174 lbs, collected 3 goals and 13 assists in 29 games with the Cobras, in addition to 32 penalty minutes. Bertrand won’t be in uniform this weekend.
Meanwhile, the Blizzard traded Dominic Hachey and a 5th round pick to the Amherst Ramblers in return for defenseman Matt Sartoris who decided not to report to Edmundston. Hachey has decided not to play hockey this season.
Finally, forward Gavynn Carter was traded to the Valley Wildcats. In return, the Blizzard received an 8th round pick in the 2020 MHL draft and future considerations.
“Tommy Bertrand was playing in the top team in Quebec on there top defense pairing. He’s a good skater who is decent defensively but can also contribute offensively. We expect him to be a big part of the team moving forward, “said Blizzard general manager Steve MacPherson.
“Now that we got another defenseman we can move Malcolm Arseneau back to his natural forward position and with getting Olivier-Luc Haché, we didn’t think Gavynn Carter would have gotten enough ice, so we traded him, “mentioned MacPherson.
The Blizzard GM believes that the presence of newcomer Haché will add depth to the team.
“Olivier-Luc is a very fast, skilled, hardworking player. There is a potential to have him for the next three years where he is only 18,” said MacPherson.