The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s OCN Blizzard have traded forward Trenton Morriseau to the Superior International Junior Hockey League’s Kam River Fighting Walleye in exchange for a player development fee and future considerations. Situated in Thunder Bay, ON., the Fighting Walleye are set to begin 2020-21 preseason action Friday evening.
Back in mid-August, OCN signed Morriseau to a standard MJHL player agreement, bringing the then 17-year-old into northern Manitoba, in hopes of getting his toes wet in Manitoba Junior ‘A’ hockey action. The plan worked, for a month. With OCN having played six games, Morriseau worked his way into three of those contests, failing to find the scoreboard in any category, finishing pointless in three games.
Morriseau, 18, is, in fact, a product of Thunder Bay. and has spent his minor hockey career within his local community, most recently suiting up for the Thunder Bay Kings AAA U-18 team the past two seasons prior to 2020-21. In 56 total games over two years of play, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward had 22 goals, 47 points and 34 penalty minutes in regular season play. He also had back-to-back three-goal playoff performances with the Kings.
“I’m very excited to get things going with the Walleye,” Morriseau told Lake Superior News following the trade. “After seeing all the hard work from the owners to management and coaching staff, I’m very grateful to be a part of the inaugural season with the Walleye. I’m looking forward to coming home this season and making an impact right away,”
The newest team in the SIJHL, Kam River will make its playing debut, facing off against local rival Thunder Bay North Stars in an eight-game series, spanning from November 6 through December 5, as the two teams gear up for the 2020-21 season, which the league is hopeful to see begin in the new year. Red Lake, Fort Frances and Dryden will also play against one another in another mini tournament throughout Ontario during the same timeframe. The two United States-based teams will not participate in any pre-season tournament.