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The Fort Frances Lakers just got a much-needed infusion of defensive experience.

Head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan dealt for defenceman Dustin Deugau from the Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL) in exchange for a player development fee.

Deugau should be in town in time for the Lakers’ three-day training camp, which gets underway Thursday at the Ice For Kids Arena.

“We are happy to get Dustin as he brings a veteran presence onto the team,” noted Strachan.

“And with only Robbie Bonthron returning on our back end, he will be relied on for leadership and guidance to our younger players.”

Deugau, a 19-year-old from Calgary, had one goal and seven assists in 49 regular-season games with the Crunch last season, along with 16 penalty minutes.

He had no points in 14 playoff games.

Deugau previously spent two seasons with the Midget ‘AAA’ Calgary Northstars.

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