Monday, September 20, 2010

Whalers acquire local product Aleardi

The Plymouth Whalers announced the acquisition of 18-year-old center Alex Aleardi (Farmington Hills) from the Belleville Bulls in exchange for a pair future second-round draft choices – one in 2012 and one in 2013.

Aleardi is a graduate of the Compuware youth program who was originally selected by the Kitchener Rangers in the third round (43rd overall) in the 2008 Ontario Hockey League draft. After playing in 2008-09 for the Rangers, Aleardi came to Belleville last season in a trade for Matt Tipoff and a first round Import Draft selection.

Aleardi enjoyed his best offensive season in the OHL last year split between Kitchener and Belleville, scoring 16 goals with 25 assists for 41 points in 64 games. In all, Aleardi has scored 21 goals with 31 assists for 52 points and 128 penalty minutes in 129 career games.

He scored five goals in a preseason game on September 12 for Belleville in a 5-4 victory over Kingston and was the league-leader in preseason play with seven goals in six games.

“We are very familiar with Alex,” Plymouth coach-GM Mike Vellucci said. “We’ve already seen him play here at Compuware Arena. It’s great to be able to bring him back home.”

Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

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