Monday, January 03, 2011

Warriors, Falcons complete big trade

The Michigan Warriors completed a trade with the Port Huron Fighting Falcons today, acquiring center Ryan Green and left wing Jeremy Humenny from Port Huron in exchange for defensemen Ryan Teal and Bret Lewandowski and right wing Ian Miller.

“We feel that while we had to give up some talented players, this trade significantly bolsters our roster,” said Warriors coach-GM Moe Mantha. “Green should bring some veteran leadership and size (6-foot-3, 215 pounds), while Humenny will add some depth and grit up front for us. Teal, Lewandowski and Miller were hard to trade, but if you want talent, you have to give up talent. I feel this trade will work out well on both ends.”

Green (pictured) was Port Huron’s captain and leading scorer this year. In 25 games, the 20-year-old from Essex, Ont., had eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points. Green played last year for the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the British Columbia Hockey League.

The 18-year-old Humenny (he turns 19 on Jan. 17) is joining his third NAHL team this season after beginning the year with the St. Louis Bandits. In 22 games with St. Louis and Port Huron, the Inner Groves Heights, Minn., native has totaled five goals and four assists for nine points, along with 82 penalty minutes.

Teal (New Baltimore), 19, posted three assists in 21 games this year, while Lewandowski (Chesterfield), 19, was pointless in 14 contests. Miller (Fraser), 18, had three goals and three assists for six points in 19 games.

“The North Division is a very tough division and we feel that by upgrading our team with Green and Humenny that we can make a push to move up the standings and challenge the teams above us,” added Mantha. “I would also like to thank Ryan, Bret and Ian for their contributions here in Flint and wish them all the best in Port Huron.”

Just four points separate the fifth place Warriors (37 points) from the second place Motor City Metal Jackets (41 points). St. Louis sits in first place with 50 points (23-8-4).

Green and Humenny are expected to be in the lineup Wednesday night when the Warriors (17-10-3) host the Traverse City North Stars at Perani Arena at 7 p.m.

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