Desperate times calls for desperate measures.
After another disappointing month where the Spirit won only one of eight games in November while being outscored 36-18, the team has made significant changes to their roster. Over the past two weeks Stouffville has made eight trades involving many of their core players.
The most recent trade happened on Dec. 1, when the Spirit shipped their top netminder, Nathan Torchia, to the Georgetown Raiders for goalie Andrew Albano, 19, and forward Connor McBroom, 17.
Also added was Damian Figueria, 19, a defenceman from Toronto, whose rights were purchased from the Kemptville 73’s of the Central Canada Hockey League. Third-year defenceman, Justin Mahabir, 19, was sent to the Clarington Eagles Jr. C team, where he will play with his younger brother, Ryan.
Nov. 30 saw the Spirit release defenceman Quinton Wheeler, who was acquired from the Pickering Panthers in the Josh Argier deal this fall. One day earlier, the Spirit sold the rights to Brandon MacKinnon, 20, to the Powassan Voodoos. The North Bay-area team is in first place in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
On the 23rd, the Spirit received Stouffville native Connor May, 18, from the Newmarket Hurricanes for Lyam Cripps, another 20-year-old. They also sent Adam Petric, 20, to the Toronto Patriots for big Matthew Bazarin, 17. The Spirit has also obtained his brother, Daniel, 16, from Clarington.
On Nov. 17, the Spirit sent Andrew Hughes, 20, back to the Pickering Panthers for Anthony Stavrou, 17. Hughes was traded from the Panthers to Stouffville in the summer of 2016.
The Spirit currently sit in fifth place in the six-team North Division, but only nine points out of the final North-East playoff spot.
The new-look Spirit play eight games in December. They start and end the month at home with six away games sandwiched in the middle. In January, the Spirit play nine games: three on the road and six at home.
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