The Fort Frances Lakers will have a new face in the fold when they open their annual training camp next Thursday (Aug. 30).
Head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan announced Tuesday that the club had acquired defenceman Presten Bobyk from the Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL) in exchange for forward Hunter Buzzi.
Bobyk, a Thunder Bay native, suited up in 13 games for the Crunch last season, in which he was held pointless.
Strachan is looking forward to what the 18-year-old blueliner can bring to Fort Frances.
“Presten will bring size, hard work, and depth to our defensive core,” he said in a press release.
“He moves well, is young, and will be a good addition to the team,” Strachan added.
“We welcome Presten and his family to our program.”
Buzzi, meanwhile, heads to Cochrane after spending parts of two seasons with the Lakers.
The Ignace native racked up 23 points in 38 regular-season games while adding an assist in eight playoff contests.
In related news, Lakers' season passes will be going on sale beginning next Thursday (Aug. 30) at the Memorial Sports Centre from 5-7 p.m.
The passes get you access to all 27 regular season home games for just $240 (exhibition games not included).
You can also purchase the passes next Friday from 9-11 a.m. and from 5-7 p.m. and the following day from 8-10 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.
Season ticket holders can reserve a specific seat for all regular season and playoff games.
You can also purchase a season pass from John by calling 274-1447 or Ria at 274-9679.
The Lakers will open their pre-season schedule with a home-and-home series against the Minnesota Iron Rangers in Hoyt Lakes on Sept. 8 before returning home the following night to host the Iron Rangers at the Ice For Kids Arena.
Both games start at 7 p.m.
Their first regular-season game is set for Sept. 21 when they head to Dryden to face the two-time defending champion Ice Dogs at 7:30 p.m.