Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Ex-Whaler, Sterling Hts. native dealt to Colts

The Barrie Colts made a five-player deal with the Mississauga Ice Dogs yesterday involving a pair of players with Michigan ties.

The Colts sent 17-year-old defenseman Nathan Martine and 17-year-old center Brett Oliphant plus future considerations to the Ice Dogs in exchange for overage defenseman Dave Pszenyczny, 19-year old left-winger Jordan Grant and 18-year-old left-winger Jeremy Whelan.

Pszenyczny (left), a Sterling Heights native, is currently tenth in scoring among OHL defensemen with 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) through 31 games. His 12 goals are currently tied for fourth among OHL defensemen and he has surpassed the double-digit goal mark in each of his last four seasons.

Grant, who played for the Plymouth Whalers during the 2003-2004 season before being traded to Sarnia for defenseman Steve Ward, has accumulated nine points (four goals, five assists) to go along with 116 penalty minutes through 40 games this season. He has recorded 22 total points (10 goals, 12 assists) plus 380 penalty minutes through 127 career OHL games.

“With the addition of Pszenyczny, we feel he is one of the elite defenseman in the league and a proven veteran who will add experience to our defensive corps,” stated Barrie director of hockey operations Gregg Carrigan. “Grant brings us a physical presence. He is the type of character player that can bring a lot to our lineup as the playoffs near.”

The Colts play in Plymouth on Sat. Feb. 11.

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