The Swan Valley Stampeders have added 20-year-old forward Haydn Delorme to their roster for the 2020-21 season. The Western Hockey League alum joins the Stampeders as the team’s return in a deal for future considerations with the British Columbia Hockey League’s Prince George Spruce Kings.
The inter-league trade sees Delorme – a final year ‘Junior A’ player – capitalizing on some additional playing time as a senior player, whose upcoming BCHL season was set to be shortened (December season start date). With the Manitoba Junior Hockey League announcing on Wednesday evening that the league will begin its regular season on Friday, October 9, similar trades are expected to occur in the coming weeks as veteran players weigh their playing options.
Delorme is an interesting case whose rap sheet is chock-full. The Port Moody, BC. product was originally drafted 179th overall in the ninth round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft by the Vancouver Giants. Although never playing for the Giants, Delorme found himself lacing up for 31 games with the Portland Winterhawks in 2018-19. He was then shipped to the Regina Pats last July, but never did suit up in Saskatchewan.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward played the majority of the 2017-18 hockey season within the BCHL with the Coquitlam Express, where he registered six goals and 14 points in 53 games. His WHL stint with Cody Glass and the Winterhawks occurred in 2018-19, before he was traded to Prince George at last season’s deadline. With the Spruce Kings, he had four goals and six points in 14 total games.
“We are very excited to add a player like Delorme,” Stampeders head coach/GM Barry Wolff said in a team-issued press release. “He will bring a veteran presence to our locker room and to the ice. He’s a strong skating forward that has the ability to add some offence, something we needed to add to our line up.”
The Stampeders went 35-19-6, finishing the year comfortably in fourth place with 76 points and a +36 goal differential. Despite earning their way into the MJHL postseason, the playoffs were interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Delorme and his new running mates in Swan Valley will look to return to the fold with vengeance in 2020-21.