Friday, November 28, 2014

Lakers stay at No. 5

The Fort Frances Lakers can give themselves another high five.
The Lakers maintained the No. 5 spot in the latest Canadian Junior ‘A’ Hockey League top 20 rankings announced yesterday.

The Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League remain in the top spot, followed by the Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL), the Carleton Place Canadians (Central Canada Hockey League), and the Soo Thunderbirds (Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League).
Meanwhile, the SIJHL-leading Lakers have bolstered their lineup for the second time in a week, acquiring forward Ryan McQueen from the Neepawa Natives of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations.
McQueen, 18, hails from Thunder Bay and spent the past two seasons with the Thunder Bay Kings Midget ‘AAA’ program.
He started this season with the Virden Oil Capitals of the MJHL, where he had no points in three games before being dealt to Neepawa on Nov. 19.
The 6’1”, 180-pounder had three goals in 13 games with the Natives.
“Ryan . . . will add depth to our team up front with the trade of Torrin Grange to the Elliot Lake Bobcats of the NOJHL,” Lakers’ general manager and head coach Wayne Strachan noted in regards to Grange being dealt after the nation-wide Junior ‘A’ roster freeze was lifted Jan. 1.
“Ryan is a strong skater and . . . adds some size to the team up front,” Strachan added.
“We look forward to having Ryan in practice [today] and meeting the team.”
The deal comes on the heels of the Lakers picking up defenceman Cam Jackson from the Gustavus Adolphus College Gusties last week.
Strachan hopes to have both McQueen and Jackson in the lineup for tomorrow night’s game here against the Minnesota Iron Rangers.

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