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White joins Edmundston; Couture and Brown head to Fredericton

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — The Edmundston Blizzard has just completed a major trade that will allow the team to greatly improve its defensive unit by acquiring Evan White, captain of the Fredericton Red Wings and the top scorer among the Maritime Hockey League defensemen.

In return, the Blizzard is giving up defenseman Marc-Antoine Couture and forward Aaron Brown who left the team in November, along with its conditional third-round pick in the 2020 MHL draft, along with future considerations.

The Blizzard also gets the rights to forward Brandon Cianflone, 18, who plays this season with Flin Flon in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

St. John’s native, White, 20, was the top scorer for the Red Wings this season with 2 goals and 30 assists in 33 games. His 32 points tie him with Ian Smallwood (12g, 20a) as the best scoring defensemen in the MHL.

White is a product of the St. Stephen Aces. He played three full seasons with the New Brunswick southwestern team before the Aces were transferred to Fredericton this season. In four campaigns, he has garnered an impressive 129 points in 179 games. He played 7 games in the Gilles Courteau league with Acadie-Bathurst, Chicoutimi and Halifax.

Cianflone is a Lorraine, Quebec, native. In 30 games with Flin Flon this season, he tallied 19 points (8g, 11a). Last season, he played 35 games with the QMJHL Acadie-Bathurst Titan, totaling 3 points (2g, 1a).

Marc-Antoine Couture has played the last two seasons with the Blizzard. In 27 games this year, the 19-year-old rearguard collected 3 goals and 5 assists. As for forward Aaron Brown, 18, his statistics show 22 points (8g, 14a) in 18 games. He played his last game with the Blizzard on Nov. 17.

The Blizzard organization thanks Couture and Brown for their loyal service since last season and wishes them all the best in their hockey careers.

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