This past week, the Stamps put together two separate trades, acquiring Mike Wong from the Melville Millionaires in exchange for future considerations, before adding Brady Morrison from the Flin Elon Bombers, also in a ‘futures’ move. Unable to find help within the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Swan Valley turned to it’s partner league in Saskatchewan, completing the two inter-league deals in succession.
These trades came rather early in the MJHL offseason – one that hit hard for Swan Valley, as the 2018-19 runner-up lost its two leading point getters from the past season. Josh Tripp – league MVP – put together 36 goals and 84 points for Swan last season, while Bradly Goethals collected 34 goals and 79 points on the season. The pair signed with the University of Manitoba Bisons for the upcoming year.
Wong, 20, played four seasons of bantam and midget AAA as a forward with Edge School in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, before dressing with the Flin Flon Bombers in 2017-18 and the Melville Millionaires in 2018-19. In 59 SJHL games, the Calgary, AB. product has five goals, 16 points and 52 penalty minutes.
Morrison, 19, played his midget hockey with the Port Moody Panthers of the PIJHL and the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the BCHL. The defenceman laced up in 22 SJHL games with the Flin Flon Bombers, finding one assist and two penalties. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound B.C. native should add some size to the Stamps’ back-end.
The two players offered up positive thoughts for the upcoming season, the idea of ‘starting over’ as well as touching on the Stampeders’ organization in a team issued media release.
“I am excited for the opportunity to have a fresh start in Swan River,” Morrison said. “I’m looking forward to doing whatever I can to come in and help the team be as successful as possible.”
“I’m very excited to have a fresh start with such a high class organization like Swan Valley,” Wong said “I know this is a winning team, so playing here would be a great opportunity before I finish my junior career.”