Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Hawks acquire defenseman from La Ronge

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The Nipawin Hawks have acquired 2003-born defenseman Liam McInnis for 19-year-old forward Hudson Cameron, 2005-born defenseman Brynn MacLean and a pair of draft picks.

Sitting with a record of .500 after the 27 game mark wasn’t sitting well with General Manager Tad Kozun and the Hawks’ staff, so the team pulled the trigger to acquire one of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s best blueliners.

“Obviously we had to make some sort of move back there and to acquire a player like Liam you have to give up stuff you like,” Kozun said. “Hudson has become a leader and really good player in our league and Brynn is getting better each day with plenty of playing time of late, but as I said bringing in a 20-year-old like Liam provides us with an excellent dynamic back there.”

McInnis has played three years in the league registering 59 points in 83 games, including 15 goals. He has 13 points in 14 games this year with the Ice Wolves. McInnis wore the captain ‘C’ for La Ronge and has 12 games of playoff experience as well.

“Liam is a proven leader, point producer, and just what we felt our team needed to turn a corner once this break ends and we get back on the ice Wednesday at the ‘Cage.’

Cameron was Nipawin’s lone 19-year-old forward. The Kelowna, B.C. product was acquired from Portage for Bryden Kiesman last year. In 17 games this year he has four goals and four assists. MacLean is a rookie defenseman from Edmonton, Alta. who has put up six assists in his rookie campaign in 21 games played.

The draft picks are a second and fifth round selections in the 2008-birth-year draft in 2024.