Grizzlies receive experienced player in exchange for rookies

Jordan Robertson will play his first game as a Grizzly Friday at the Forum

The Revelstoke Grizzlies received Jordan Robertson (left) from the Grand Forks Border Bruins in exchange for Jack McNamara (middle) and Zane Avery (right).

The Revelstoke Grizzlies are hoping to position themselves for success in the second half of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) season.

The team announced a trade this week with the Grand Forks Border Bruins.

Zane Avery and Jack McNamara have gone to the Bruins in exchange for Jordan Robertson.

The 20-year-old Robertson is in his last season of eligibility in the KIJHL and has been consistent over the last few years.

In his last 22 games, Robertson has scored 14 goals and recorded 22 assists.

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“I think that he’ll complement an already successful offensive core,” said coach Ryan Parent today.

Avery, 18, played 10 games with the Grizzlies, putting up two goals and four assists during his first season in the KIJHL.

McNamara, 19, is also a KIJHL rookie. He played 16 games with the Grizzlies and recorded three goals and seven assists.

What the Grizzlies have given up in youth, they should gain in experience.

Robertson, a 5’10, 180-pound forward, is having his best season in the KIJHL to date. Last year, he had 30 points in 40 games, while this season he already has 36 points in 22 games.

Parent says that while a good player can make the team better, it will be a collective effort with the Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies will need the scoring help when they take on the 100 Mile Wranglers at home in the Forum Friday night.

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The last time the two teams met in Revelstoke, they tied 2-2 in double overtime.

“We weren’t happy with the tied result,” said Parent.

Tomorrow night, they’ll be chasing a win.

The Grizzlies (12-4-1-2) sit third in the Doug Birks Division.

The Wranglers (14-6-3-0) are first and have won their last four games.

Only four points separate the teams and with four games in hand, the Grizzlies are hoping to improve their standing.

The Grizzlies will have the opportunity in their next three games to make a difference in the Doug Birks Division. On Nov. 25, they’ll take on the Chase Heat (14-10-0-0) in Chase. The Heat are number two in the division. Those teams will get a rematch on Nov. 29 in Chase again.

“We’ll be looking to win those games,” said Parent.

Puck drop is at 7 p.m. Friday at the Forum.



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