Monday was trade deadline day in the SJHL and the Eagle Drilling Estevan Bruins used it to acquire 20-year-old forward Jonathan Ceci from the Nipawin Hawks in exchange for the rights to defenceman Tyler Mueller and forward Colton Schick, both of whom are 1994-born players.
Ceci, who was the SHJL Player of the Month for December, steps into the Bruins lineup and automatically becomes the team's leading scorer with 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points in 36 games.
"He's a quick, intelligent forward, and he's got some finish," said Chad Leslie, Bruins head coach and co-general manager. "He's a guy that can play anywhere; he can play in any situation and he's just a hard-working, team-first guy and that's what we want."
Ceci will be in Estevan's lineup tonight when they host the Yorkton Terriers at the Civic, and according to Leslie he's very excited to be joining the Bruins.
Estevan also sent forward Cole Gibson to Battlefords for 1994-born forward Dayton Picard. The Bruins then traded the rights to goaltender Derek Tendler to Winnipeg Saints of the MJHL for futures.
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It was a busy week leading up to the SJHL trade deadline as 10 trades were made between January 2 and 10. The Humboldt Broncos were the busiest club as they off-loaded five players in order to strengthen their squad for next season when they host the Royal bank Cup.
Trades are as follows:
Humboldt traded forwards Justin Buzzeo and Jeremy Boyer to Yorkton for futures; the Broncos traded defenceman Tanner Clark to Flin Flon for defenceman Braden Laraque; the Broncos traded forward Riley Gillies to the Dauphin of the MJHL for futures; the Broncos also sent forward Nick Keller to Swan Valley of the MJHL for futures.
Nipawin traded defenceman Chad Crawford to Bonnyville of the AJHL for futures; the Hawks shipped defenceman Brant Remenda to Yorkton for defenceman Travis Baber and futures; the Hawks traded forward Matthew Spafford to Dauphin of the MJHL for forward Jeremy Peeke; the Hawks acquired defenceman Jeff Clark from Winkler Flyers of MJHL for futures.
Battlefords sent forward Travis Cech to Selkirk of the MJHL for futures; the Stars sent forward Dane Muench to Vernon of the BCHL for futures.
Melfort shipped defenceman Josh Martin to Canmore of the AJHL for forward Ted Stephens.
La Ronge acquired forward Nick Keller from Swan Valley of MJHL for futures.
Melville traded forward Cody Hanson to Melfort for forward Levi Cable and futures; the Mils sent forward Brayden Metz to Melfort for futures.