Defenceman Jordan Paddock, who played his bantam hockey in Merritt and used to live here, has been traded back to BC by Melville. Jordan also attended training camp with the Cents last August before going to the Millionaires.
Here's from the Kings website:
The Powell River Kings have acquired 18-year old defenseman Jordan Paddock from the Melville Millionaires in exchange for defenseman Klay Kachur.
Chad Van Diemen says, “In Jordan Paddock, we added a very reliable two-way defenseman. He has ties in BC as he’s lived in Campbell River and played Bantam in Merritt.”
Paddock played in Melville for one season where he had 11 points in 52 games as a 17-year old. He was invited to the try-out camp for Team Canada West last fall.
“It’s always very difficult to move a guy like Klay Kachur. He`s a great team guy, a leader in the dressing room and he always did what was asked of him. We’d like to thank Klay for his contributions to the team and the community.”
Kachur had 2 goals and 10 assists for the Kings as a 19-year old in 58 games last season. The coaching staff could rely on Kachur’s adaptability to cover both the blue line as a defenseman as well as step up as a forward when required. Kachur played for the Kings for two seasons.
The entire Kings’ organization wishes Klay all the best in the future with the Melville Millionaires.
Here's from the Millionaires website:
After playing as a 17-year-old with the Melville Millionaires, the Mils are sending Jordan Paddock to the BCHL's Powell River Kings, in exchange for 20-year-old defenseman Klay Kachur.
Paddock's dad is an RCMP officer and is being transfered to B.C., and the Mils are accomodating Jordan by keeping him close to family.
Kachur's returning to his home province, a native of Lanigan, SK.
Paddock had 1g-10a-11p in his rookie season, while Kachur had 2g-10a-12p last season in Powell River, and played in the BCHL final for the second time. The Kings have been to the final in three straight seasons. Powell River had a record of 46-9-3-2 last season, before falling to the Vernon Vipers in the final, also for a 3rd straight year.
The numbers are similar between Paddock and Kachur, so the Mils might not gain a lot in terms of offense, but they do get older and bigger on the blue line. Kachur stands 6'2", 195 lbs, and also had 88 PIM's last season.