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Estevan Bruins deal Zach Burns to Alberta

Burns was part of last year's championship Bruins team.
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Zach Burns (22) watches the puck enter the net during a game for the Bruins last season against Notre Dame. The Bruins have dealt Burns to Alberta.

ESTEVAN - The Estevan Bruins have dealt one of the players returning from last year’s championship team.

The Bruins announced Sunday afternoon they had dealt Zach Burns to the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Drayton Valley Thunder for Evan Forrest and a player development fee.

Both Burns and Forrest are 2003-born forwards.

Burns came to the Bruins last season from the Drumheller Dragons of the Alberta league in a midseason trade. He finished with three goals and three assists in 16 regular season games for Estevan, and added one assist in 13 postseason games.

He had a tryout with the Winnipeg Ice of the Western Hockey League this fall, and upon returning to the Bruins, had asked to be dealt closer to his Alberta home.

Forrest recorded eight goals and 12 assists in 54 games last season for the Thunder.

“Evan will bring speed to our line-up, and we feel he has the potential to put up some offensive numbers for us. We are excited to add Evan to our roster and looking forward to having him in the line-up this Friday,” said head coach and general manager Jason Tatarnic.

The Bruins opening game of the regular season is Friday night against the Yorkton Terriers, starting at 7 p.m. at Affinity Place.