Team makes two major transactions

Nanaimo Clippers newcomer Ryan Stanimir skates during his debut with the team Wednesday at Frank Crane Arena in a game against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

The Nanaimo Clippers swung their biggest deal of the season.

The B.C. Hockey League team acquired Ryan Stanimir from Alberta’s St. Albert Steel on Saturday in a cash transaction. To make room for the 20-year-old forward, the Shipmen dealt veteran defenceman Tyler Mah to Alberta’s Lloydminster Bobcats.

Stanimir was immediately inserted onto the Clippers’ top line Wednesday night alongside Brayden Jaw and Mike Domsodi.

The new winger scored 27 goals and 54 points and added 73 penalty minutes last season with the Williams Lake Timberwolves, then started 2010-11 with the Victoria Grizzlies.

Stanimir said the trade to St. Albert came out of the blue. He balked at moving to the AJHL and said he was “ectstatic” that Nanaimo traded for him.

“He brings an element of offence that we might have been deficient in,” said Bill Bestwick, Clippers general manager. “We know that he’s got good creativity.”

Bouncing from team to team is a little strange, Stanimir said. He scored a game-tying goal against the Clippers in Frank Crane Arena two weeks ago, and tomorrow (Oct. 15) he’ll play against the Grizz in Victoria.

The 6-foot, 185-pounder from West Vancouver said he brings a few different things to the Clippers lineup.

“I’m a guy who likes to cause a little energy out there, get in guys’ faces so obviously I’m not a well-liked guy throughout the league but I guess I’m a good guy to have on the team,” he said.

“I may not be the biggest guy but I like to play big and I put up offensive numbers when I have the chance.”

Even though the Clippers have had a tough start to the season, Stanimir sees lots of potential in his new team.

“We just beat a first-placed team in the Interior pretty handily tonight,” he said Wednesday. “I think the sky’s the limit for this team.”

ICE CHIPS … Bestwick said it was a difficult decision to trade away Mah, a former alternate captain. “It came down to numbers. It’s one of those unfortunate business decisions that we had to make. He’s a great kid and we’re happy to have had him in our uniform as long as we did,” Bestwick said … Stanimir will wear No. 24 with the Clippers, digits that had belonged to veteran Tristan Lowenberger. The 18-year-old checking forward had a re-evaluation this week of his lower-body injury and will have season-ending surgery.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Just Posted

RDN board votes to continue webcasting meetings despite low viewership

Staff to report back to RDN board about live-streamed meetings in time for 2021 budget discussions

Nanaimo Fire Rescue lauds boys after rescue from cliffs

Nanaimo firefighters responded to call near Departure Bay Road Saturday afternoon

Coins converted to Christmas toys

Coins for Kids raising cash for Great Nanaimo Toy Drive, Boys and Girls Clubs

Nanaimo mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Lantzville, Snaw-Naw-As asking for lower speed limit on Island Highway

Safety concerns cited by municipal council and band council

Apartment residents evacuated due to fire near downtown Nanaimo

Nanaimo Fire Rescue responded to structure fire on Prideaux Street around 1 p.m.

B.C. VIEWS: Hunger does not end with the season

Despite innovations in food distribution, the need is still there in B.C. communities

Sharks beat Canucks 4-2 to snap 6-game skid

Vancouver visits Vegas on Sunday

Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

The Canadians in attendance made sure their team and flag were honoured on the podium

VIDEO: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

Social media eulogies peg the property, nicknamed “The Pharamacy,” as both loved and hated

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

Five things of note from Trudeau’s mandate letters to his ministers

Some marching orders come from the Liberal Party’s campaign, while others are new additions

Scheer’s resignation tips party into internal war over school tuition payments

The Conservatives have a Toronto convention already scheduled for April

Most Read