Late on Sunday it was announced that the Millionaires and Natives had completed the inter-league trade, with the Saskatchewan-based Millionaires sending the Minnedosa, MB. product closer to home, while receiving American John Elliott in exchange.
Elliott, a 19-year-old forward out of Lakewood, California, has been nothing less than a nomad the past few years. Since the 2015-16 hockey season, he has dressed for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings and Anaheim Jr. Ducks in the United States’ Tier 1 Elite Hockey Leagues, the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, before splitting the early going of the 2018-19 season with the Jamestown Rebels of the North American Hockey League and the Natives.
The trade may come as a slight surprise to both players, even though Elliott hadn’t been producing much (one goal, two points in eight games), the return to Neepawa for Heino might not have been accepted with open arms, as Heino’s younger brother Ryan was just shipped to the Millionaires from the Natives in mid-August. The Heino brothers did manage to skate in nine games together before essentially completing the move to swap places.
The Millionaires (3-11-4) will look to right the sinking ship quick as they visit Notre Dame Tuesday evening. The Natives aren’t doing much better than Melville, currently sitting at 4-9-2. Neepawa will visit Virden Wednesday evening.