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Estevan Bruins busy on trade front; lose McMillen to the WHL

It's been a busy day for off-ice moves for the Estevan Bruins.
Turner McMillen (19) is back in the Western Hockey League with the Prince Albert Raiders.

ESTEVAN - It's been a busy day for off-ice moves for the Estevan Bruins.

The club had already pulled off two trades before Monday. First, they dealt forward Tristan Dussault to the St-Georges-de-Beauce Condors of the Quebec Junior Hockey League for a player development fee. Dussault had 10 goals and five assists in 22 games for the Bruins this season. 

The club has also dealt forward-defenceman Tyler Guy to the Truro Bearcats of the Maritime Hockey League for a player development fee. Guy was the club's top rookie last season and had one goal and two assists in 27 games this season.

The Bruins announced on Monday that forward Turner McMillen, who hails from Carievale, will be skating with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League for the rest of the season. McMillen joined the Bruins in October after he was let go by the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, as teams in that league can only carry three 20-year-olds. 

McMillen had five goals and five assists in 11 games for the Bruins. He joined Prince Albert after Christmas and had a goal in two games. 

Finally, the club has pulled off a big trade Monday night, acquiring 20-year-old forward Raine Hodge from the La Ronge Ice Wolves for defenceman Jesse Ivanovic (05), goaltender Eric Kahl (06) and a player development fee. 

Hodge has 10 goals and 14 assists in 32 games for the Ice Wolves this year. 

Ivanovic had one assist in 21 games for the Bruins, while Kahl, acquired from Weyburn earlier in the season, appeared in one game for the Bruins. 

The club also announced the signing of 2003-born defenceman Luke Rybinski, who has spent time in the Western Hockey League with the Medicine Hat Tigers and Victoria Royals, and in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Grande Prairie Storm.

He had a goal and nine assists in 68 games in the Western Hockey League. 

Estevan will play La Ronge Wednesday and Saturday at Affinity Place. Both games will start at 7 p.m. 

The Mercury and SaskToday will have updates on further Bruin trades.