In what looks like a trade that could really benefit both teams, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Trail Smoke Eaters hooked up on a deal before the BCHL Trade Deadline.
It sees the Bulldogs get 18-year-old forward Jake Kauppila and futures from Trail while 18-year-old Jakson Elynuik and futures head to the Smokies.
Because he's committed to Michigan Tech for next season, Kauppila is essentially a rental for Alberni Valley while Elynuik, who's the son of former Winnipeg Jets great Pat Elynuik, should play a significant role for the Smoke Eaters for the remainder of the 2013-14 season and next season as well.
To Alberni Valley Bulldogs:
F Jake Kauppila (95)
+ Future Considerations
To Trail Smoke Eaters:
F Jakson Elynuik (95) + Future Considerations
Neither team has posted anything about the trade on their respective websites, but the deal is on the BCHL site and Bulldogs play-by-play man Evan Hammond posted this on his blog:
The Bulldogs made a move today acquiring '95 F Jake Kauppila and Future Considerations from the Trail Smoke Eaters for '95 F Jakson Elynuik and Future Considerations.
In 41 games, Kauppila has 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points. He had 3 powerplay goals and 1 short handed marker.
The Bulldogs have completed their activity leading up to tonight's 6pm/8pm deadline.
BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
10-Jan-14: Trail acquires F Jakson Elynuik (95) and future considerations from Alberni Valley for F Jake Kauppila (95) and future considerations.
09-Jan-14: Nanaimo trades D Chris Newton (94) to Drumheller for future considerations.
09-Jan-14: West Kelowna acquires F Devon McAndrews (95) and future considerations from Spruce Grove for D Taylor Graham (93).
08-Jan-14: Nanaimo acquires D Shay Laurent (93) from Chilliwack for future considerations.
08-Jan-14: Coquitlam acquires D Mark Whiteley (93) from Salmon Arm for future considerations.
08-Jan-14: Victoria acquires F Travis Stephens (93) from Trail for future considerations.
07-Jan-14: Nanaimo acquires F Luke Sandler (93) from Surrey for future considerations.
07-Jan-14: West Kelowna acquires F Nathan Craft (94) from Langley for future considerations.
07-Jan-14: West Kelowna trades D Zane Schartz (94) to Trail for D Braden Pears (93) and future considerations.
07-Jan-14: Alberni Valley acquires F Mitch Owsley (93) from Whitecourt for future considerations.
06-Jan-14: Chilliwack trades F Austin Plevy (94) to Brooks for F Mason Boh (95) and future considerations.
06-Jan-14: Surrey trades F Brett Mulcahy (93) to Vernon for F Chase McMurphy (94) and future considerations.
05-Jan-14: Chilliwack trades D Cooper Rush (93) to Prince George for D Caleb Thompson (94) and future consideration.
04-Jan-14: Penticton trades F Anthony Conti (95) and future considerations to Surrey for F Nic Pierog (93).
03-Jan-14: Vernon trades D Jason Bird (93) and future considerations to Merritt for D Dylan Chanter (95).
03-Jan-14: Coquitlam acquires F Brendan Lamont (94) from Penticton for F Mike Rebry (93).
10-Dec-13: Cowichan Valley acquires F Alexis Guilbault (95) from Cégep de St-Hyacinthe for future considerations.
10-Dec-13: Cowichan Valley trades F Ambrose Firkus (94) to Okotoks for F Taylor Allan (95) and future considerations.
01-Dec-13: Cowichan Valley trades D Taki Pantziris (93) to West Kelowna for F Ambrose Firkus (94).
01-Dec-13: Penticton trades D Matthew Berry-Lamontagna (93), D Clint Filbrandt (95) and future considerations to Cowichan Valley for F Steen Cooper (95).
01-Dec-13: Coquitlam trades D Matthew Berry-Lamontagna (93) to Penticton for future considerations.
Trades Made: 20
Trades Made Within BCHL: 14
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 6
Future Considerations: 20