Oil Kings Acquire D Donald

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(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – The Edmonton Oil Kings acquired 19-year-old defenceman Marshall Donald Friday in a trade with the Calgary Hitmen, general manager Randy Hansch announced.

In return the Oil Kings send Calgary a fourth round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

“With our shortage of bodies on defence, Marshall helps shore up our blue line and give us more depth on the back end for the second half of the season,” Hansch said.

Donald, an Edmonton native, has eight points, a plus-9 rating and 42 penalty minutes in 32 games for the Hitmen this season after spending the past three years with the Sherwood Park Crusaders in the AJHL, where he was a teammate of current Oil King Ben Carroll. In 146 career games with the Crusaders, Donald amassed 57 points and 321 penalty minutes.

“He’s a product of the Southside Athletic Club, and we’ve been able to watch his growth through two good programs with SSAC and his years with the Sherwood Park Crusaders,” Hansch said.

Donald was originally drafted in the third round, 66th overall, by the Hitmen in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft. He is expected to join the Oil Kings upon their return from their current East Division road trip as he recovers from an upper-body injury.