Timmy O’Donovan

Kamloops, BC – Kamloops Blazers General Manager, Craig Bonner, announced today that the Blazers have sent 19-year-old forward, J.T. Barnett, to the Everett Silvertips in exchange for a 3rd round WHL Bantam pick in 2013. The team has also added 18-year-old forward, Brock Balson to the roster.

“We’d like to thank J.T. and wish him luck in Everett,” commented General Manager, Craig Bonner. “Brock is a big forward and has WHL experience with the Prince Albert Raiders. He has played well in Junior A this season, and we expect him to be a good fit on our roster.”

Barnett had 4 goals, 2 assists and 6 points in 16 games with the Blazers this season. Balson, who is a Kamloops native, has 10 goals, 9 assists and 19 points in 20 games with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL this season. Last year, Balson played 48 games with the Prince Albert Raiders and had a goal and two assists.

Balson will join the Blazers tomorrow for practice and is expected to be in the line up this weekend when the Blazers play in Spokane and Tri-City.

With these transactions, the Kamloops Blazers roster still sits at 23 players, including 13 forwards, 8 defensemen and 2 goaltenders. This does not include 19-year-old forward Jordan DePape, who is out with a long-term injury.