The first post-Christmas trade is done and with a week to go until the January 10th roster deadline, I'd expect the next seven days to be quite busy on the transaction wire.
This trade sees the Coquitlam Express acquire 19-year-old forward Brendan Lamont from the Penticton Vees in exchange for the CJHL rights to 20-year-old forward Mike Rebry.
Rebry was sent to the Express along with Nic Renyard as the future considerations to a deadline deal from last year which saw John Siemer join the Vees for the stretch drive. Rebry ended up heading to Western Michigan University a year earlier than originally thought and Coquitlam retained his Canadian Junior A rights.
Whether or not Rebry leaves WMU to join Penticton this season remains to be seen, but for Langley native Lamont, who requested a trade from Trail in the fall to be closer to home, this deal brings him even closer to his hometown.
To Coquitlam Express:
F Brendan Lamont (94) To Penticton Vees:
F Mike Rebry (93)
Here's the release from the Vees website:
The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce the signing of forward Erik Benoit (93).
“Adding a veteran like Erik at the center position will pay strong dividends as we look forward to a playoff push. Not only is Erik a solid two-way player, but he also has the reputation of being a leader inside the dressing room,” said Vees President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson
Benoit, 20, brings plenty of experience to the Vees line-up, as he has played parts of four seasons and over 200 regular season games in the Western Hockey League (WHL). Benoit split this season between Seattle and Moose Jaw, where he collected six goals and 13 points in 31 games.
The Calgary, Alberta native started his WHL career with the Kootenay Ice in 2010-2011 and won the Ed Chynoweth Cup that spring with Kootenay. He spent part of three seasons with the Ice, before being moved to the 2013 Memorial Cup hosts, the Saskatoon Blades midseason last year. Between Kootenay and Saskatoon in 2012-2013, Benoit picked up 12 goals and 34 points in 64 regular season games. Benoit played in two Memorial Cups with Kootenay and Saskatoon, where he picked up three assists in nine games. In four seasons in the WHL, Benoit amassed 36 goals and 88 points in 213 regular season games. He also played in 23 career playoff games, picking up a goal and three points.
To make room for Benoit, the Vees have sent forward Brendan Lamont (94) to the Coquitlam Express, for the playing rights of former Vee Mike Rebry (93). Lamont was acquired in mid-November from the Trail Smoke Eaters and appeared in 17 games for the Vees (2-6-8). Rebry is in his freshman season at Western Michigan University
Benoit will wear number 23 and is expected to make his debut tonight, when the Vees travel to Merritt to face the Centennials. The Vees would also like to thank Brendan for his contributions to the team both on the ice and in the community, and wish him all the best in his future with the Coquitlam Express.
And from Eddie Gregory's Coquitlam Expressions blog:
The Coquitlam Express have acquired forward Brendan Lamont (94) from the Penticton Vees in exchange for the rights to forward Michael Rebry (93).
Lamont has split this season with the Vees and the Trail Smoke Eaters where he had 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points in 41 games.
In 156 career BCHL games with Merritt, Trail and Penticton the Langley native has 19 goals and 37 assists for 56 points.
The Express acquired Rebry's rights from Penticton on January 10th, 2013 as part of the future considerations in the trade that saw John Siemer sent to Penticton. He was attending Western Michigan University this season where he dressed for only 8 games and didn't register a point.
BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
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: 6
Trades Made Within BCHL: 4
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 2
Future Considerations: 4