Highly Anticipated Trade Deadline Delivers Impact Players to the Valley


January 12, 2013, COURTENAY, BC (ISN) -A remarkably busy trade deadline day for the Comox Valley Glacier Kings saw three new players added to the roster in preparation for hosting the Cyclone Taylor Cup.

In three separate transactions the Yetis acquired one power forward and two top end defensemen.

D Brandon HALLS
The 19 year old veteran BCHL defenseman was acquired today from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Halls is a left-handed puck moving defenseman whose speed, skill and experience will add to the leadership and build on the success the Glacier Kings already possess, providing offense from the back end.

D Patrick CROOME
Croome was acquired in a trade with the Peninsula Panthers of the VIJHL in exchange for future considerations. The 19 year old Calgary native’s role as Captain of the Panthers will provide strong leadership on the bench and in the dressing room. Croome brings with him grit, strong physical play and a proven left handed shot from the point.

F Michael POND
Michael Pond from Oliver, BC was signed after spending the beginning of the season with the Penticton Lakers of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. After a brief hockey hiatus, Pond is eager to join the Glacier Kings’ line up. Pond is an impressively strong top-end centerman, who possesses a superior shot. His ability to protect the puck at a high level and experience made him one of the top power forwards in the KIJHL last season. Pond will be an integral part of the Yetis’ playoff run this season.

Bill Rotheisler, Head Coach of the Comox Valley Glacier Kings is thrilled with the additions, “today was an exciting day in the Glacier Kings organization. Establishing ourselves by adding three players that excel with their skill, work hard defensively and all possess superior character with leadership experience. These are three characteristics that are rare to find all together, let alone three examples of it.” Rotheisler added,” we got a lot better on the ice today as well as in the dressing room.”

With Mitch Ball’s advancement to the Cowichan Captials, Glacier Kings forward Andrew White will replace him and represent the Yetis at the VIJHL All Star Game this weekend.