Trail GM and Head Coach Nick Deschenes has made it no secret that he's building the roster with an eye toward next season and the Smoke Eaters made a move signifying that further today, sending 20-year-old leading scorer Travis Stephens to Victoria for future considerations.
This season is easily Stephens' best in the BCHL as he joins his fifth organization as a full time player. He was an AP for Victoria, Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley at various times during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
Stephens expressed what a thrill it is to play in his hometown on Twitter:
Couldn't be more excited to finish off my BCHL career at home with @VicGrizzhockey
— Travis Stephens (@tstephens83) January 9, 2014
Victoria made room to add Stephens earlier in the day by releasing 19-year-old forward Joel Gaudet. Neither team has confirmed the Stephens trade on their websites or social media, but it is posted on the BCHL website and he is already listed on the Grizzlies roster.
To Victoria Grizzlies:
F Travis Stephens (93)
To Trail Smoke Eaters:
BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
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: 15
Trades Made Within BCHL: 11
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 4
Future Considerations: 14