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The Bonnyville Pontiacs are in full off-season mode and roster changes have begun.
Bonnyville acquired forwards Devon Cyr (‘99) and Noah Bankowski (‘99) from Kindersley (SJHL) to complete the Ty Enns trade from last season.
Assistant coach T.J. Millar said he knows a bit about them from his time coaching with the Nipawin Hawks.
“They’re good, strong, reliable forwards. We’re just in communication with them right now…working out the details,” said Millar.
Garin Butler has been shipped to the Whitecourt Wolverines completing the trade earlier last season that acquired Matthew Monk deal.
Butler played the last two seasons with the Pontiacs, registering 18 points last year and 191 penalty minutes in 2018-19.
He will be missed by the team.
“It was tough to see him go. Obviously, he did a lot of great things for us and he was dynamic in the role that he played. But it unfortunately, it’s kind of the way of the business.
We wish him the best in Whitecourt. I know he’s gonna do great things there. It’s gonna suck playing against them. That’s for sure,” said Millar.
Not stopping there, the Pontiacs acquired defenceman Alex Marrocco (00’), younger brother of former high-scoring Pontiac P.J. Marrocco from the Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) and touted high-school prospect Thomas Kramer from Boston College High.
“The relationship that we have with the Morocco family, we’re happy to acquire Alex’s rights. I know I talked to him yesterday. He’s excited to be a Pontiac and get things going. He’s from Edmonton, so he’s a little bit closer to home this time. We’re in familiar colors as he watched his brother,” said assistant coach T.J. Millar
“[Kramer] High school Player of the Year, he’s is a big power forward and he’s going to fill some heavy minutes for us this year. We’re excited to have him come into the lineup.
Marrocco scored two goals and 16 assists with the Chiefs last season.
The recent acquisitions means the Pontiacs will have a busy summer on the trading front.
They will need to move four of their ‘99 born players to reach the league maximum of six allowed on each AJHL squad.
Some 1999 born players on the team, Jeremy Gervais, Noah Lugli, Joel Ray, Marc-Antoine Benoit, Daine Dubois, Cayden Kraus, Trey Thomas, Lucas Thorne, plus new finds Devon Cyr and Noah Bankowski, must be moved before the season begins, eight of which are forwards.
“We’re in a tight spot with our 20 year olds so we kind of have to make a decision or two.
“It’s the tough part of the job,” said Millar.