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Bruins announce several moves

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The Estevan Bruins announced their first three recruits of the off-season, pulled the trigger on a trade, and announced their new marketing and operations manager, all within the span of the first few days of June.

Estevan has received commitments from forward Chase McKersie and defencemen Josh Rieger and Cody Durdle. All three players were born in 1996, and have completed their final year of midget AAA hockey.

McKersie is a local product who spent the last two seasons with the Yorkton Harvest. He led Yorkton in scoring last season with 45 points in 44 games.

Rieger, meanwhile, spent three seasons with the Regina Pat Canadians. In his final year of midget, he had 30 points in 44 games.

"Both guys have been high on our list for quite some time, and probably were ready to go last year," said Bruins head coach/GM Chris Lewgood. "We thought that the extra year in midget AAA would pay off as far as development and increased responsibilities, and it has."

Both Rieger and McKersie played several games as affiliate players for the Bruins last season.

"It certainly gives us an indication as to where they're at, and how they fit in, but I think on their side, it helps as well, because it makes them comfortable with the program and the system that we're in here," said Lewgood.

Durdle, meanwhile, spent last season with the Central Plains Capitals Midget AAA program in Manitoba. He finished with 20 points and 110 penalty minutes in 36 games.

Lewgood referred to him as a complete defenceman who plays a tough physical game.

"He had a couple fights in our (spring) camp (in April)," said Lewgood. "But to go along with that, he has a tremendous upside offensively."

The Bruins have verbal commitments from other players, but Lewgood said he wants them to be officially committed before they're announced.

The club has also traded 1995-born defenceman Kyle Bird to the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations. Bird had a goal and four points in 41 games with the Bruins last season.

"It was a combination of two things," said Lewgood. "They called asking about our defencemen, and on top of that, we have two offensive-minded, 1995-born, first-year defencemen already, so he was caught in the numbers game."

Finally, the club has announced that Clark Munroe is their new director of operations and marketing.

Munroe hails from Regina, where he studied sport and recreation management, as well as business administration, at the University of Regina.

He looks forward to relocating to Estevan with his fiancé, Aimee Chammartin, and their two-year-old daughter, Emma, and calling the Energy City home. 


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