The December 1st Cut down date has past and the Storm roster now sits at 22 players as they prepare for their upcoming 2 game road trip to Fort McMurray and Bonnyville. Here is an update on the latest Storm moves along with comments from Coach / GM Kevin Higo:
* The Storm made a trade with the Sherwood Park Crusaders and acquired 18 year old forward Devan Reed.
” We were looking to add a forward to our group and were specifically looking in the 1997 age group. Devan has a real strong work ethic, can play both wing and center, and will help out on the penalty kill.”
* The Storm released 19 year old goaltender Tallon Kramer.
“We have been going with 3 goalies for the past couple of weeks and it was time for us to get down to 2. The decision was made to go with Sproxton and Weersink and we wish Tallon all the best in the future and thank him for his time with the Storm.”
* The Storm announced that 20 year old forward Blake Bosch will not be available for the rest of the season.
” Blake suffered an upper body injury and will require surgery which will end his season. It was a very unfortunate injury as Blake was having his best season as a Storm and playing very well. He will still be a part of the Storm as much as possible, but has returned back to St. Albert and will await the surgery and plans to attend school starting in January. In the year and a half that Blake was captain he really matured and developed into a leader. He will be missed both on the ice for his work ethic as well as off the ice for his leadership and dedication to the team.”
* The Storm announced that 20 year old forward Ian Mclellan will take over as Captain.
“With the injury to Blake happening we felt it was important to add a new Captain and Ian was the right choice. Blake was up in Grande Prairie to present Ian with the “C” as we informed the team after a practice. Ian has spent his whole junior career with the Storm and has been an assistant for the past year and a half. He is very deserving of wearing the “C” and has done a great job the past 4 games as the captain.