Thursday, August 06, 2009

Jets acquire Bennett from Jr. Generals

The Metro Jets and Flint Jr. Generals completed a trade today that sees the Jets acquire forward Ron Bennett from Flint for veteran defenseman Ryan Eby.

Bennett, a 19-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie, ended last season with a goal and two assists in seven games for the Jr. Generals after beginning the year with the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, where he had six points in nine games. The 5-foot-10, 155-pound Bennett also registered four of those points in one games with a one-goal, three-assist outing last Sept. 19 against Blind River.

“Ronnie should add maturity to the team on and off the ice,” said Metro GM Butch Wolfe. “He will most likely see the majority of playing time at forward. However, it’s nice to have another player that can spend time on our blue line if necessary. Others of the same ilk are (recent signee) Jon Wickersham and (veteran) Brett Grech.”

Eby, 18, played 35 games with Metro last season with a 9-19-28 line and 109 penalty minutes. In 2007-2008, he recorded 16 goals (10 on the power play) and 27 points in 45 games with the Jets. The trade will also allow Eby to play closer to home, as he is a Linden native.

“We’d like to thank Ryan for his contributions last season and hope he can get a fresh start in Flint,” added Wolfe.

Eby photo courtesy Walt Dmoch

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