The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have completed a trade
with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, acquiring the CJHL playing rights of
2000-born defenceman Ethan McLaughlin and future considerations in
return for 1998-born defenceman Darren Rizzolo.
McLaughlin is in his first British Columbia Hockey League season and
has three assists in 36 regular season appearances. He played his
midget hockey with the Okanagan Hockey Academy, netting 37 points in
36 games last season while making his Junior A debut as an affiliate
player with the Penticton Vees.
“Ethan is a smart, two-way defenceman who moves the puck well and has
the mobility to contribute in all three zones,” says Bulldogs head
coach Matt Hughes. “He’s transitioned nicely to the level of play in
the BCHL and we expect him to step right in and help our group now and
in the future.”
Veteran defenceman Darren Rizzolo has been moved to Salmon Arm in the
deal. In his fourth BCHL season, Rizzolo had one goal and 10 assists
in 26 games as well as 22 penalty minutes. In 176 career BCHL games
split between Chilliwack, Vernon and Alberni Valley, the Mission, B.C.
product has a combined for 10 goals and 38 assists.
“Darren has been a key member of our team over the past two and a half
seasons and a well-liked individual in our room and in the community,”
says Hughes. “We appreciate all his efforts in a Bulldogs uniform and
wish him nothing but success in Salmon Arm.”
McLaughlin is expected to join the Bulldogs in time for this weekend’s
three-game road trip to Wenatchee, West Kelowna and Coquitlam.