Tuesday, July 22, 2008

North Stars get White, trade Bourbonais

One way or another, Travis White was destined to become a Traverse City North Star.

The team originally selected the Sterling Heights defenseman in the 2006 NAHL Entry Draft, and re-acquired White in a trade with St. Louis last week in exchange for forward Clinton Bourbonais.

“We graduated four of our top defensemen and we’ve been working all summer to re-stock,” explained Stars head coach-GM Anthony Palumbo. “We had to give a quality player to get one, and we like what Travis brings to the table. He’s a tough, gritty defenseman who plays with an edge, is very good on the penalty kill, and was an integral part of a team that just won a national championship.”

White, a 5-foot-7, 170-pound blueliner, came up through the Honeybaked and Victory Honda midget programs before spending 2007-08 with St. Louis. He had a goal and eight assists in 47 regular season games with the Bandits to go with 57 penalty minutes and a +20 plus-minus rating. The Stars’ fifth-round pick (67th overall) in 2006, White was also drafted by the Lincoln Stars in the 2008 United States Hockey League draft.

Bourbonais registered seven goals and 23 assists in 54 contests last season, good enough for fourth among TC skaters.

The North Stars and Bandits will open the 2008-09 season at the NAHL Showcase in suburban Minneapolis on Sept. 17.

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