Thursday, October 27, 2005

Whalers trade Looby to Kingston

The Plymouth Whalers have settled their overage situation with today's trade of veteran defenseman Mike Looby to the Kingston Frontenacs in exchange for a sixth-round draft choice in 2007.

The Whalers will also have the option of taking Kingston’s first-round selection in the 2006 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft in exchange for their own.

“Mike Looby did a good job for us,” Plymouth coach-GM Mike Vellucci said. “In trading him to Kingston, he’ll get a chance to play every game.”

OHL teams can carry as many as three overage players (1985 birthdays). The Whalers’ current overagers include captain John Vigilante, defenseman Mike Letizia and goaltender Ryan Nie.

Looby was acquired last season from Sault Ste. Marie on Sept. 21, 2004 and played in 59 games last season for the Whalers, scoring eight goals with 12 assists for 20 points and 72 penalty minutes while posting an impressive +19 plus/minus rating. This season – due to the overage situation – Looby played in just six games for Plymouth, going scoreless with eight penalty minutes and a +3 rating.

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