The Surrey Eagles continued to load up on local players as on Thursday they acquired 19-year-old defenseman Latrell Charleson from the Hawkesbury Hawks of the Central Canada Hockey League for 19-year-old blueliner Philippe Johansson.
If Charleson's name is familiar, it's because the 6-foot-4, 220 lb. has played in the BCHL before. He got into 23 games as a 17-year-old rookie with Prince George in 2011-12 and played 20 games with the Spruce Kings in 2012-13 before being released in December 2012. The Surrey product then joined the junior B North Delta Devils and also affiliated with the Coquitlam Express, playing eight games with them.
How Charleson's Canadian Junior Hockey League's rights got to Hawkesbury is a bit of a mystery. He was recruited by the Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in June 2013 and played with them last season. Then this past July, Charleson was traded to the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Lloydminster Bobcats. What I can't find any record of is how Charleson's rights ended up with Hawkesbury, which enabled them to trade him to Surrey. We may never know.
Meanwhile, Johansson, who is committed to Brown University for 2015-16, really came into his own during the BCHL playoffs, putting up two goals and three assists in six games for the Eagles.
To Surrey Eagles:
D Latrell Charleson (95) To Hawkesbury Hawks:
D Philippe Johansson (94)