Very rarely do general managers from the CJHL perform one-for-one deals involving star players in an inter-league manner, but on Tuesday afternoon, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Steinbach Pistons and British Columbia Hockey League’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks teamed up for a significant two-player trade.
Veteran forward Matt Osadick is heading back to the MJHL from the Silverbacks, while Steinbach’s Carter Loney has been dealt to BC. Early in the day, the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters shipped Osadick to Salmon Arm, in exchange for Noah Wakeford and Coalson Wolford. The 19-year-old was then sent to Steinbach in the one-for-one deal that saw the 17-year-old Loney head out west.
Interestingly enough, Osadick has already been involved in a number of moves over his three-year CJHL career. Beginning in 2017-18 with Swan Valley, the six-foot, 180-pound left winger put together a total of 56 goals and 125 points in 120 combined regular season and playoff games with the Stampeders over the span of two seasons.
He then moved to the BCHL for the start of the 2019-20 season, where he skated in 36 games for the Merritt Centennials, scoring just three goals and eight points, before a mid-season trade to Trail helped wake up his offensive capabilities. The Grande Pointe, MB. product put up four goals and 11 points in just 16 games with the Smoke Eaters. The University of Maine commit will now return to the league in which he has found the most junior hockey success for the 2020-21 season.
Loney, just 17, has been moved from the Pistons to Salmon Arm, where he will be counted on as an offence-driving forward. A small, 5-foot-9, 165-pound forward, the Winnipeg native developed his game at the RINK Hockey Academy, producing at over a point-per-game through his bantam and midget prep years.
He skated in 15 games for the Pistons at the end of the 2018-19 season and early playoffs, where he learned the ropes of the MJHL, picking up three goals and six points. This past season saw Loney collect 16 goals and 50 points in 52 regular season games, before adding another two goals and one assist in four postseason contests.
The University of Minnesota-Duluth commit will join fellow Winnipegger Braden Fischer in Salmon Arm next season, who was also dealt from the Winnipeg Blues to the Silverbacks last week. Salmon Arm went 30-23-5 in 2019-20, finishing sixth in the league.