Vernon, BC: Ahead of the 3pm BCHL Trade Deadline, the Vernon Vipers have made a pair of deadline deals.
In the first move the Vipers have sent 20 year old Defenceman Mitch Andres to the Chilliwack Chiefs in exchange for 18 year old Defenceman Will Dow Kenny. The 18 year old from Abbotsford was originally traded by the Vipers in the off season in exchange for Carver Watson. He has 1 goal and 7 points in 34 games with the Chiefs.
“Its always tough to make a trade. In this case Mitch Andres was a warrior for us and was a big piece to our blue line,” says Head Coach and GM of the Vipers, Mark Ferner. “We know what we’re getting in Will and we know that Mitch is going to a great organization in Chilliwack.”
In the second move of the day Vernon has added 20 year old forward Lane Zablocki from the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. Zablocki is a 3rd round pick of the Detroit Red Wings and has played in 22 games with the Rockets this season registering 4 goals and 8 assists.
“We felt with the trouble we’ve had scoring, the addition of Lane will really help fill that void,” Ferner says. “He’s a proven scorer that we feel will come in and make a big impact.”
The Vipers would like to welcome Will and Lane to the Vipers and wish Mitch all the best in Chilliwack.
The Vipers face the Salmon Arm Silverbacks tomorrow night at 7pm at Kal Tire Place.