The Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League saw another trade late Tuesday evening. With development camps being held over the next two weeks league-wide, the St. James Canucks felt that there was no better time than the present to re-acquire a familiar face for the 2020-21 season.
Through the workings of two separate deals, the Canucks managed to bring 20-year-old forward Brandon Hughes back into the fold for the coming year. First, the team acquired Colin McKay from the River East Royal Knights in exchange for future considerations, before St. James and Fort Garry teamed up on a one-for-one swap that sent the newly acquired McKay to the Twins for the former Canuck Hughes.
Hughes, 20, has suited up in 50 regular season contests for the Canucks over the past two seasons, where he put up three goals, four points and 18 penalty minutes, before adding one assist and six penalty minutes in four postseason games.
McKay, 21, actually began his MMJHL career with St. James back in the 2017-18 season, albeit only dressing in four games for the Canucks, where he managed one goal and four points. The last two season were spent with the Royal Knights, to which he scored six times, added eight assists and 72 penalty minutes.
St. James finished the 2019-20 season fourth with 53 points and a 26-18-1 record. The Twins came in seventh (21-19-5), while River East finished dead last with a dismal 4-36-5 record and a -132 goal differential.