Lakers sign two, finalize trade


The Fort Frances Lakers cleared up some unfinished business and made steps to move forward to next year.
General manager and head coach Wayne Strachan officially announced the trade of forward Nolan Ross to the RBC Cup champion Portage Terriers of the MJHL which was reported last week.
In effect, it was not so much a trade as a return of the 20-year-old Fort product to Portage, who dealt him to Fort Frances in January for future considerations—which turned out be Ross himself.
In a connecting deal announced today, he and twin brother Davis Ross were then shipped off to the MJHL’s Virden Oil Capitals, where they will play their final junior seasons together after not being teammates for the first time ever after Nolan was sent here.
Strachan also revealed the signing of two blueliners for next season, one veteran and one newcomer.
Robbie Bonthron will be back with the two-time defending Bill Salonen Cup champions after a year which saw him show his skills not only on the back end, but up front as an emergency fill-in at forward during the postseason.
The 20-year-old from Kaministiqua had three goals and 13 assists for 16 points in 50 games in the regular season.
Bonthron added a goal and two assists in nine playoff games on the Lakers’ way to the SIJHL title, then notched one goal in the Fort’s run to second place in the Dudley Hewitt Cup.
Joining the Lakers this fall will be defenceman Isaiah Olschewske, who played with the Richmond (Va.) Generals in the Elite South division of the of the U.S. Premier Hockey League (USPHL).
Olschewske, an 18-year-old from Leesburg, Va., had two goals and 13 assists for 15 points in 35 regular-season games last year with the Generals, along with 60 penalty minutes.
He was held pointless in four playoff games.
The Lakers will hold their summer evaluation camp/tryouts at Bronco Arena in International Falls from July 17-19.