Lakers trade pair
Two members of last year’s SIJHL championship team will have new addresses this fall.
Forward Brent Aiken and defenceman John Dora were revealed yesterday by the Fort Frances Lakers as the final pieces of two separate trade puzzles which occurred earlier last season.
It also was announced Dora was on his way to the Neepawa Natives of the MJHL to complete the Jan. 6 deal that saw forward Ryan McQueen come to Fort Frances.
“It’s never an easy decision to decide on a player trade, especially after the successful year our team and some of our players had,” noted Lakers’ general manager and head coach Wayne Strachan.
Aiken, who was traded to Fort Frances on Oct. 3 from the Winkler Flyers of the MJHL for a player development fee, rose from
fourth-line status to being part of the “KAN” Line with Kevin Kurm and Miles Nolan.
It turned into the Lakers’ most productive line during their march to their first Bill Salonen Cup.
In 47 regular-season games, the 19-year-old from Kenora had 12 goals and nine assists, along with 26 penalty minutes.
Aiken really stepped up his performance during the playoffs, netting five goals and nine assists in 13 games, finishing second on the Lakers in scoring behind Nolan (15).
Dora, a 20-year-old from Bismarck, N.D.,who joined the squad midway through the 2012-13 season, finished his Lakers’ career with five goals and 19 assists in 59 regular-season games, to go along with 66 penalty minutes.