The Flin Flon Bombers start their 2016 training camp a little over two weeks away and a team that was two wins away from their first SJHL Championship in over 20 years, Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan is adding pieces he feels will help them get to that next level.
“Obviously we made huge strides last season,” commented Reagan. “We started slow in the season, but at the end we were only two wins away from our goal, and the community should be excited about what we have returning this year.”
One player not returning will be forward Adam Wilson (Edmonton, AB). Wilson was traded to the Whitecourt Wolverines of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.
“Adam requested a trade to be closer to home for personal reasons,” said Reagan. “Willy was a solid player for us last year; we want to thank him for his commitment last year and wish him all the best in his final year of junior.”
Wilson, who was acquired by the Bombers from the Bonnyville Pontiacs, suited up in 44 games for the Bombers last season compiling 19 points (3g, 16a) and 70 penalty minutes. During the playoff run, Wilson appeared in 16 games registering 5 points (3g, 2a) and 19 penalty minutes.
Reagan then turned that futures around and sent them to the Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL in exchange for 1996 born Dondre Watson (Calgary, AB).
Watson finished last season with 42 points (27g, 15a) in 56 games last season.
“It’s no secret we lost a lot of goals with the loss of Alex (Smith), Joel (Kocur) and Brandon (Switzer),” added Reagan. “But that happens every year so we have to fill that void and we feel we did with the acquisition of Dondre.”
What Reagan is touching on is the loss of a combined 98 goals from the top line of Smith, Kocur and Switzer from last season, but Reagan feels that the addition of Watson.
“Dondre is a good sized winger (6’0, 170 lbs) that can skate and score and we’re looking at him to contribute offensively.”
The Bombers will start the road to the Canalta Cup on September 1st when they open up camp before playing their first pre season game, in Nipawin on September 3rd.
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