The St. Boniface Riels have acquired defenceman Shea Gorenstein from the Charleswood Hawks in exchange for financial recompense. The move provides the Riels with some depth on the blueline, while not sacrificing any current offensive or defensive talent from the active roster.
Gorenstein, 20, has a late-1999 birthday, which allows him to fill the role of a veteran overage player with the Riels, finishing off his Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League career during 2020-21, following three seasons with Charleswood.
With the Hawks, the sturdy defender put up four goals, 17 points and 96 penalty minutes in 87 career regular season contests, before tallying one goal, three points and 12 penalty minutes in 16 postseason games. Last year as a 20-year-old, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound blueliner had his most productive MMJHL campaign, scoring three times, while adding six assists and 37 penalty minutes.
Prior to his time with Charleswood, Gorenstein suited up in both the Winnipeg U-17 AAA league with the Winnipeg Monarchs (2015-16) before skating the following season with the U-18 Interlake Lightning AAA club in the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League. He had two goals, 16 points and 70 penalty minutes in 60 combined games in AAA.
The Riels finished second-last in the 10-team league last season, serving as one of two teams that missed the postseason. The Hawks narrowly made it in, finishing just above St. Boniface in the eighth and final playoff spot. The trade between the two teams carries an undisclosed amount of funds heading back to Charleswood.