Fort Frances Lakers welcome some new faces to the roster

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer

After the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) trade deadline passed Monday evening, the Fort Frances Lakers’ roster looks a little different. Most notable may be the trade of Lakers Captain Nakoda Thunderchief to the Dryden GM Ice Dogs.

Trades are as follows:

  • Acquired ‘01 defense Josh Robinson from the Lakefield Chiefs, (Provincial Junior Hockey League), in exchange for a player development fee
  • Acquired ‘02 forward Dawson Lampi from the Thunder Bay North Stars, SIJHL, In exchange for a player development fee
  • Acquired ‘02 forward Ian Kimble and ‘02 defense Rylen Kleist from the Dryden Ice Dogs, SIJHL, in exchange for Lakers ‘01 forward Nakoda Thunderchief, SIJHL
  • Acquired ‘02 forward Tyson Mallet, ‘02 forward Rylin Philpott-Way and ‘01 defenseman Kaden Whaley from the Red Lake Miners, SIJHL, in exchange for Lakers ‘01 forward Matty Harrold and ‘02 defenseman Brandon Rossetti (2021-22 remainder of the season with playing rights reverting back to the Lakers for the 2022-23 season)

The players born in 2002 will remain eligible for another season. Those born in 2001 are in their final year of eligibility.

In a statement the team says:

“The Fort Frances Lakers are excited and hopeful to get back to play. The coaching staff feels these moves not only bolster our roster this season but for next season as well. We wish our outgoing players well in the future and welcome our new acquisitions to Fort Frances!”

In a post to the Lakers Facebook page Thunderchief thanked Lakers fans and the people of Fort Frances for their support over his time with the team.

“I just wanted to say thank you to all the fans and families that I have gotten to meet that have cheered me on since I have been with the team my rookie year. You guys have been so welcoming since I joined the team. I would also like to thank the coaching staff and my billets. I hope for the best for the organization. The memories I have made in Fort Frances that I will never forget -Nakoda Thunderchief #20.”

Team president Gary Silander says the team will choose a new captain to replace Thunderchief when the season resumes.