The Manitoba Junior Hockey League season is entering its fourth week. Yes, three weeks of Junior ‘A’ hockey within Manitoba have come and gone, and the fourth weekend of play us upon us. But it’s not just hockey games that are going on, as the managerial side of the coin is also in play.
This past week saw the Swan Valley Stampeders make two separate single-player deals within the MJHL, as the team first dealt for 2001-born defenceman Chad Cousineau from Dauphin in exchange for future considerations, before sending fellow 2001-born forward Parker Johnson to the Portage Terriers, also in exchange for future considerations.
Cousineau, 19, has played all of his hockey within the United States up until this point. The Minnetonka, MN. product played U-18 for the Northstar Christian Academy the past two seasons, where he amassed five goals and 27 points in 89 combined games. In his two games with Swan Valley this season, the six-foot, 185-pound defender has put up four penalty minutes.
Johnson, 19, is a product of Elkhorn and spent the past season with the Stampeders, picking up nine goals and 16 points in 52 regular season games, before adding two points in two playoff games for the Stamps. His 2019-20 campaign started out nicely, as the 5-foot-11, 170-pound forward put up two goals and three points in four games for Swan Valley, before being held pointless in his Terriers debut this weekend.