Hello, Happy Thursday and thanks as always for checking the blog. Coming to you live from the Queen of...I'm not exactly sure, as we're on the water bound for Osoyoos.
Please read below for full details on a trade the Bulldogs released today that sees Cayden Kraus head to the Olds Grizzlys in return for James Orban.
It's tough to see Cayden go, as it's impossible to not get attached or familiar with anyone that was here as long as he was. He's a great competitor, and a true character that always went out of his way to say Hi to me, and throw a good friendly chirp my way. I wish him nothing but success in Olds.
At the same time, it's always exciting to have a new player come in - welcome to the team and community James!
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have completed a trade with the Olds Grizzlys of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, acquiring 1998-born forward James Orban in exchange for 1999-born forward Cayden Kraus.
Orban hails from Calgary, AB and was playing in his second season with the Grizzlys. He scored twice and added 17 assists in 59 regular season games as a rookie during the 2016/17 campaign and had scored four times while totaling 11 points in 17 games so far this season.
"James is a smart, hard working left winger who competes at a high level every night and contributes in all three zones," says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. "He's began having some good success offensively this season and we look forward to the positive impact he'll have with us on the ice and in the dressing room."
Meanwhile, Kraus is set to join the Grizzlys following two-plus seasons in the Alberni Valley. The Winnipeg, MB product leaves the Bulldogs after scoring 28 goals and collecting 48 points in 124 career BCHL games.
"Cayden is a tremendous competitor and a very good person," says Hughes. "As a third-year player we believe he deserves a chance to play important minutes in an offensive role and we wish him all the best with this new opportunity in Olds."
Orban is expected to join the Bulldogs on their upcoming three-game road trip, which begins Friday in Trail.
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