Nelson-raised Dallon Stoddart was key in the trade with the Castlegar Rebels.

Nelson Leafs involved in blockbuster deal with Castlegar

The Nelson Junior B Leafs and Castlegar Rebels completed a player swap earlier this week of rare proportions

  • Aug. 13, 2013 10:00 a.m.

The Nelson Junior B Leafs and Castlegar Rebels completed a player swap earlier this week of rare proportions in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

On Tuesday, Leafs head coach and general manager Frank Maida announced that the team had traded for Rebels’ snipers Jamie Vlanich and Travis Wellman in exchange for Dallon Stoddart, James Sorrey and Seth Schmidt.

“I think we made it work for both teams and I think it’s a good trade,” Maida said of the rare trade involving a pair of Neil Murdoch Division rivals.

Maida said the deal had been in the works for almost six weeks and last week all the pieces fell into place.

The Rebels won the KIJHL Championship last season and were the league’s representative in the Cyclone Taylor Cup which determines the provinces Junior B champion. This spring Nelson will host the championship and are guaranteed a spot in the tournament.

“It made sense to bring in some experience, two guys who have played in the Cyclone Taylor,” said Maida. “And it improves our scoring.”

Vlanich grew up in Trail and is a three-season KIJHL veteran. Last season with the Rebels he scored 19 goals and added 32 assists to finish second in team scoring. Vlanich was second in team playoff scoring with 21 points.

Wellman is from Calgary and last season was his first in the KIJHL. In an injury shortened season he only played in 11 regular season games, accumulating 13 points. The speedy forward showed his value in the playoffs where he also amassed 21 points in the Rebels’ run.

Both players are 20-years-old and in their final junior season.

“I wanted to get some guys in the dressing room that have gone all the way and know what it takes to win in the playoffs,” said Maida.

To get something, you have to give up something and that was the hard part for the Leafs.

Stoddart grew up in Nelson and is heading into his fourth and final season of junior hockey. Dealing a local player was not easy for Maida.

“It was very difficult, but Dallon was the key to the trade for Castlegar,” said Maida. “They wanted some experience and leadership, so we had to make that decision.”

Schmidt is also a big unknown factor in the trade. The Creston-raised defenceman lead the Leafs blueliners in scoring last season and is still only 18-years-old.

The Leafs open training camp on August 30 at the Nelson and District Community Complex. The team’s first exhibition game is September 3 against Beaver Valley. The season opener is on September 13 in Castlegar against the Rebels.

 

Just Posted

Pedestrian killed on Highway 22 Saturday evening

Police say 51-year-old man died after being hit by car

UPDATE: DriveBC says highway re-opened after accident

Highway 22 closed for seven hours on Saturday

Forestry workers set to begin job action in Kootenays

Operations in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Galloway, Elko, Radium, Golden may see job action this week.

Castlegar pastors find life in wheelchair a challenge

The men found the obstacles were both physical and mental.

Columbia Avenue paving scheduled for weekend

Paving on Castlegar’s main thoroughfare will take place in a few days, weather permitting.

Josie Hotel will be ready on opening day, says management

West Kootenay’s first ski-in, ski-out boutique hotel to open this month

Bankruptcies in British Columbia on the rise

Consumer bankruptcies climbed by 6. 1 per cent in August 2018 from the same month last year.

22 public toilets in Victoria: 136 people currently peeing

World Toilet Day floats some serious health issues

Calgary Stampeders back to Grey Cup with 22-14 win over Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Calgary was favoured to win the 2017 and 2016 Grey Cups, but lost to the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Redblacks respectively.

‘A giant step forward’: new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond to enter circulation

A new $10 banknote featuring Viola Desmond’s portrait will go into circulation, just over 72 years after she was ousted from the whites-only section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, N.S.

Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead

Trump arrived at the oceanside conclave Saturday afternoon after visiting Northern California to survey the wildfire damage in the town of Paradise.

Trump says ‘no reason’ for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

“It’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape. I’ve been fully briefed on it, there’s no reason for me to hear it,” Trump said in the interview.

Canada Post calls for ‘cooling off’ period to allow for mediated talks

The proposal came as Canada Post workers continued their rotating strikes Monday after rejecting the Crown agency’s latest offer.

Metro Vancouver homicide detectives busy after separate weekend deaths

Homicide detectives in Metro Vancouver are investigating separate cases involving two deaths they say appear to be either targeted or suspicious.

Most Read