by Terry Nichols
With the trade deadline of January 10, the 73’s bring back centre Jeff Taylor. Jeff, who had been with the organization for five seasons prior to this one, was brought back home to finish his junior career and beef up the offense. In a trade, the 73’s sent 18 year old Jake Coleman to the Nepean Raiders, along with future considerations, in exchange for the 20 year old centre. Jeff is a dynamic speedy centre who will fit right in with the team. Coach Jason York said that Jeff’s familiarity with the team, along with his character, made it an easy decision to bring him back, he will play a big part with the team for the rest of the regular season and playoffs.
The team also traded 17 year old defense Ryan Cartwright to the Smiths Falls Bears in exchange for defense Alex Caulfield, who adds depth and experience to the back end. GM Terry Nichols said, “we had to give up a very good young player in Cartwright with a bright future to add the experienced defense we have been looking to add to an already deep group”.
In order to make room for Jeff Taylor, the 73’s had to move 20 year old centre, Brendan Lynch to Pembroke in exchange for futures. In addition, 17 year old forward Grady Logue, who had been playing frequently as an affiliated player, was added to the roster from the Carleton Place Junior B team. Last season, he was a member of the 73’s U18 team.
Following the recent announcement by the Province of Ontario, the 73’s will be back on the ice January 31, and games will start up shortly after that.