After re-acquiring Dillan McCombie from the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League after the conclusion of the RBC Cup, the Flin Flon Bombers have traded him to the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for 1995 born centreman Alex Smith and the CJHL playing rights of 1995 born forward Logan Harland.
McCombie was traded to the Kings at the January 10th trade deadline for future considerations where he helped guide the Kings to a berth in the RBC Cup after coming in second as hosts of the Western Canadian Championships.
With the Bombers McCombie quickly became a fan favorite where he compiled 127 points (60g, 67a) and 367 penalty minutes in 193 games.
In Smith (Edmonton, AB) the Bombers gain a 19 year old with a wealth of junior hockey experience. Over two season with the Pontiacs and the Grand Prairie Storm, Smith has 28 points (9g, 19a) and 309 penalty minutes in 95 games.
"He's another face off guy that we need and he's going to be tough to play against, something we are building our team around, guys that are hard workers and tough to be on the ice against," commented Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan.
Smith brings an A+ reference from a guy that knows what the fans of the Whitney Forum want.
"Our Alberta scout (Former Bomber) Dwayne Reinhart really praised Alex and said he's just what a typical Flin Flon Bomber player is."
Harland (Frenchman Butte, SK) s currently with the Saskatoon Blades and has played there for two season after being acquired from the Vancouver Giants. In 59 games between the two teams the 5'10, 195 pound left winger has 23 points (14g, 9a) and 35 penalty minutes. In 2011-12 Harland played in 37 games with the Pontiacs scoring 8 points (4g, 4a) and 23 penalty minutes in 37 games.
As for the decision to trade McCombie, Reagan said it wasn't an easy one, but one that was necessary.
"It's tough being a local player on a junior team, especially in Flin Flon," said Reagan who him self suited up for his home town Bombers for four seasons. "Both parties felt that it would be really difficult for the Dillan to return to Flin Flon and the fresh start of playing away from home was a good one for him. He can now go and be just like everyone else on the team and not have the pressures of being the home town kid."
Logan Harland - @LoganHarland
Alex Smith - @smithers_10