January 10, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – The Saskatoon Blades are very proud to announce the acquisition of left-wingers, Collin Valcourt from the Spokane Chiefs, Erik Benoit from the Kootenay Ice and Michael Ferland from the Brandon Wheat Kings. Blades send well wishes with the trade of left-winger Adam Kambeitz to the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Acquisition – left-winger Collin Valcourt form the Spokane Chiefs
In exchange for the 19 year old from Red Deer, Alberta, the Blades have dealt a 1st round selection in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft and a 5th round selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
Valcourt is 6’2, 205 pounds and is currently in his 3rd WHL season, having spent all of his career with the Chiefs organization. This season, Valcourt has posted 13 goals and 23 points in 41 games. To go along with that, he’s put up 70 PIMs with 6 fights and a +1 rating.
“Collin is a big powerful kid that we are excited to add to our lineup,” said Blades Head Coach and General Manager Lorne Molleken. “He’s physical and pays a price to succeed. He comes from a successful program in Spokane and brings a ton of experience to our club”.
The Saskatoon Blades would like to welcome Collin and his family to the organization.
Acquisition – left-winger Erik Benoit from the Kootenay Ice
In exchange for the 19 year old from Calgary, Alberta, the Blades have dealt a 4th round selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
Benoit is currently in his 3rd full WHL season, posting 8 goals and 18 points in 33 games so far this season. The 5’11, 178 pound forward also has 151 career regular season games of experience, to go along with 23 games of postseason experience.
“Erik is a player who’s hard-working player who brings speed and energy,” said Blades Head Coach and General Manager Lorne Molleken. “He’s not easy to play against and he also brings Memorial Cup experience to our team.”
The Saskatoon Blades would like to welcome Erik and his family to the organization.
Acquistion – left-winger Michael Ferland from the Brandon Wheat Kings
In exchange for the 20 year old Calgary Flames prospect, the Blades have dealt a 1st round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
Ferland was recently re-assigned to the WHL from the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL and is currently in his 4th WHL season. The product of Brandon, Manitoba has appeared in 4 games this season, posting a goal and an assist. Last season he had a career year for the Wheat Kings, putting up 47 goals and 96 points in 68 games. He also put up 84 PIMs and a +17 rating last season for Brandon.
Ferland is a former teammate of Blades captain Brenden Walker and was drafted in the 5th round, 133rd overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft by the Flames.
“Michael is a player who really generated some interest after being sent back to the WHL recently,” said Blades Head Coach and General Manager Lorne Molleken. “He’s a big, power forward who we are really familiar with. He comes from a great program in Brandon and we think he can be a big difference maker for our club down the stretch and looking ahead to the playoffs. He’s really a well-rounded kid who can do a ton of things on and off the ice.”
The Saskatoon Blades would like to welcome Michael and his family to the organization.
Traded – left-winger Adam Kambeitz to the Seattle Thunderbirds
In exchange for the 20 year old, the Blades have acquired a 3rd round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
With the acquisition of fellow 20 year old Michael Ferland, the Blades were forced to give up one of their other 20 year olds. Kambeitz was in his first year with the Blades, having been acquired from the Red Deer Rebels earlier this season.
The veteran forward appeared in 33 games with Saskatoon, putting up 9 goals and 21 points to go along with 39 PIMs. Kambeitz also recently appeared in his 300th game with Saskatoon, being honoured before the team’s last game.
“This is a tough move to have to make,” said Blades Head Coach and General Manager Lorne Molleken. “Adam was a player we have really targeted over the last few years and he made a great impact both on and off the ice for us. He’s a heart and soul kid. We would have loved to have kept him on our club, but the acquisition of Michael Ferland was just too hard to pass up.”
The Saskatoon Blades would like to thank Adam for his hard work, dedication and leadership in his time with the club and wish him all the best in the future.