The 2019-20 Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s penalty minute leader has been dealt. 2002-born forward Sequoia Swan has been traded from the OCN Blizzard to the Winkler Flyers, in exchange for the MJHL playing rights to defencemen Jordan Boyechko (2002) and Guerin Apperley (2003).
Swan, the centrepiece in the deal, is entering his third year of MJHL action, after having suited up for 113 games with the Blizzard in the past two seasons. On top of his Junior ‘A’ action, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound winger also dressed for four games with the Tri-City Americans in 2018-19 – the team that drafted him 114th overall in the sixth round of the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
The Winnipeg product played U-14 AAA with the Winnipeg Hawks before moving to The RINK for two seasons of Canadian Sport School Hockey League play (2016-18). Joining the MJHL in 2018-19, Swan has gone on to produce 16 goals, 38 points and a whopping 398 total penalty minutes in his two seasons of play.
Boyechko, 18, is a Brandon native who played his past two seasons with the U-18 AAA Southwest Cougars. A four-goal, 17-point 2018-19 campaign led to an explosive 34-goal, 62-point season with the Cougars last year. In 13 postseason games, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound defender has four goals, seven points and four penalty minutes.
Apperley, 17, has spent the past two years playing U-18 hockey for the AAA Pembina Valley Hawks, where he produced seven goals, 42 points and 89 penalty minutes in 90 combined regular season games. 2019-20 saw the Altona product score seven times, while adding 25 assists and 57 penalty minutes in a coming out season.