The Nanaimo Clippers promised a competitive camp, and it led to some tough final decisions about roster spots.
The most noteworthy transaction was goalie Loic Boivin getting traded to St-Jérome for future considerations – article at http://bit.ly/d0Q9kD – but there were a few other moves over the past few days.
The final cuts at camp were forwards Dustin Beairsto and Brandon Rommens and defencemen Ty Morton and Chris Johnson. Beairsto was Nanaimo’s leading scorer through the pre-season.
“It was a real tough decision,” said Bill Bestwick, Clippers general manager. “We just felt he was one of those players we have several of that are very similar to him.”
Morton, a 19-year-old from Port Hardy who played 40 games for the Clips last year, isn’t going far as he has signed on with the junior B Oceanside Generals.
The newest addition to the Clippers is Todd Kennedy. The power forward started 2007-08 with the Clippers before going to the Regina Pats of the WHL two months into that season. He went on to play for the Vancouver Giants and then the Tri-City Americans over the past two years, totalling three goals, eight points and 182 penalty minutes in 86 career major junior games. He is expected to suit up for Saturday’s season opener at Powell River.