Attack trade and other news
A familiar face will be returning to the Owen Sound Attack bench.
The team has acquired forward Matthew Struthers from the North Bay Battalion in exchange for three draft picks.
The overager forward began his career in Owen Sound before being moved to the Battalion in 2018.
In 25 games this season with the Troops, Struthers has 21 points.
The picks headed to North Bay are all of Owen Sound’s and include a 2nd in 2022, a 3rd in 2023 and a 6th in 2024.
The trade was a welcome return for the overage forward: “I’m really excited to be back in Owen Sound. I think I’ve grown as a player and as a person since last playing here and it’s pretty cool I get the opportunity to finish my OHL career where it started.” Struthers adds: “I can’t wait to get started and be back at the Bayshore!”
Attack General Manager Dale DeGray is excited to have Struthers back in the Scenic City: “He’s a great leader, he’s going to make an immediate impact in our room. We have a young group of guys and he’s really going to show them what it means to come to the rink every day and perform. He’s going to be huge on the ice as well. Matt’s only grown since we sent him to North Bay two years ago, and he’s going to come back and make a difference for us.”
Struthers is expected to be available for the Attack for their Wednesday night game against the Niagara IceDogs.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Meanwhile Attack Captain Aidan Dudas has been invited to Canada's National Junior Team Sportchek Selection Camp in Oakville beginning December 9th and running until the 12th.
Hockey Canada will use the camp as an opportunity to continue its selection process as they prepare for the World Juniors in the Czech Republic.
Aidan Dudas is excited but acknowledges that it's tough timing with his current injury: "I'm really happy to have this chance with Hockey Canada. It's disappointing to get hurt at this time, but I'm going to be good to go." He adds: "An opportunity to be part of the National Junior Team is something every player dreams of and I'm looking to make the most of it."
As part of the selection process, Canadian hopefuls will play two games against a U SPORTS all-star team, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. ET and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. ET.
Tickets for both games are available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets starting at $15 per game or $25 for both. All practices will be open to the public.
Following the camp, the team will travel to Europe for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, looking to add to the 31 medals (17 gold, nine silver, five bronze) Canada has won at the tournament since 1977. Team Canada last took top spot in Buffalo in 2018.
Last year, Nick Suzuki and Markus Phillips represented the Owen Sound Attack as members of Team Canada.
Former Attack forward Jonah Gadjovich was part of the team that won the gold medal in 2018.
Attack Head Coach Al Letang was previously added to Team Canada's Hockey Operations staff as a pre-scout coach for the tournament.
The Owen Sound Attack wish Dudas the best as he participates in the selection camp and looks to continue our strong history of involvement in international play.