Saturday, June 14, 2008

Saginaw deals for Dearborn native Sanderson

Barry Sanderson returns to his home state of Michigan next season as he joins the Saginaw Spirit courtesy of a trade between the Spirit and the Niagara IceDogs completed Friday.

The Spirit sent a 2009 fourth-round pick, previously acquired from the Windsor Spitfires, to the IceDogs in exchange for Sanderson.

“The Saginaw Spirit are excited to add Barry Sanderson to our lineup,” stated Spirit GM Don Edwards. “Acquiring a high-energy forward like Barry adds depth to our right side.”

Sanderson is a 1990-born center from Dearborn. He entered the Ontario Hockey League via the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, being chosen by the IceDogs 65th overall. He accumulated four goals and two assists in 61 games during his rookie season. Sanderson notched 10 goals and 17 assists during the 2007-2008 regular season and tallied a goal in the 2008 postseason.

Prior to joining the OHL, Sanderson spent time in the Honeybaked AAA program.

"Putting another American player in the mix of our roster is a nice element for coach Todd Watson,” said Spirit president Craig Goslin. “Barry Sanderson comes to the Spirit with a great reputation for being a hard worker and a total team player. The Spirit scouts all agree that if our fans like the way Tyler Murovich plays the game, they will like Barry Sanderson, too."

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