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SPITS & STORM COMPLETE BLOCKBUSTER TRADE

Dec 03, 2013 - 14:02 EST

 

RYCHEL, EBERT DEALT TO STORM

Spits get Milne, 8 picks in return

General Manager Warren Rychel has announced team captain Kerby Rychel and veteran defenceman Nick Ebert have been dealt to the Guelph Storm.

In return, the Spitfires receive winger Brody Milne and eight draft picks: Guelph's 2nd in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Kitchener's 3rd in 2016, Guelph's 4th in 2015 and Windsor's 4th in 2014.

Also included in the deal is a conditional 15th round pick in 2017.

"Obviously it's a tough trade to make with two impact players on our team." Rychel said, moments after the deal was approved. "But with an exceptionally tough Western Conference, we think it was important to take a step back now in order to take a big step ahead down the road."

Rychel says Milne is the type of player that can excel in a new role.

"We're excited to get Brody here. We think he will do very well here with increased ice-time. He was playing for a very good team in Guelph, behind some very good forwards. He will get every chance to play here and have an impact."

Milne, a 6'0, 180-pound left winger, had 10 goals, 10 assists and 14 penalty mintues over parts of two seasons with the Storm, including eight goals and seven assists along with a +7 rating in 28 games this year. 

He is expected to be in Windsor on Wednesday, and will be in the lineup on Thursday night as the club hosts the Saginaw Spirit.


QUOTES

Kerby Rychel on leaving Windsor

"Ya, it's tough. The city and organization gave me so much in my time here. I've made so many good friends. It's hard. 

On joining the Guelph Storm

"It's going be huge. They are a really good team. I've heard nothing but good things about the organization. I'm excited to get there and get going." 

Nick Ebert on leaving Windsor

"It is going to be hard to say goodbye to everyone. It's going to be hard for the next couple weeks. Sad. There's a bunch of people I am going to miss. I can't thank the Spitifres organization enough for everything."

On joining the Guelph Storm

I think this trade is good is for me and good for both organizations. Kerby and I are going the other way for a run at the Memorial Cup. This team is as good now as any in the OHL. There's no doubt about it. The Storm are demonstrating here that it's their time to take a shot at it.