Bearcats and Blizzard trade: Zach Welsh comes to Edmundston

EDMUNDSTON, N.B. – The Edmundston Blizzard made a move today by acquiring defenseman Zach Welsh and sending Brant King and Jacob Cook to the Truro Bearcats.

Welsh is a solid 6’1″, 192 lbs native of Halifax. He turned 18 in September. For the last two seasons, he played in the QMJHL. In 2020-2021, he donned the Cape Breton Eagles uniform with whom he collected an assist in 30 games. This year, he played for the Sherbrooke Phoenix and was released after four games. In the 2019 QMJHL Draft, the Eagles selected him in the second round (33rd overall).

Welsh is a product of the Halifax McDonald’s, Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League (NSMMHL). He comes from a hockey family. His brother, Nick, is a professional defenseman with the Nürnberg Ice Tigers after a brilliant career in the QMJHL and on the university scene. Another brother, Matthew, is a goaltender with the Saint Mary’s Huskies in Atlantic University Sport. He too had a great career in the Courteau league.

Defenseman Brant King has only played four games with the Blizzard this season, combined with 10 more games with the Valley Wildcats. Forward Jacob Cook, who turns 18 next month, was selected in the 7th round (75th overall) by the Blizzard in the July 2021 MHL Midget Draft.

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Zach Welsh. Photo Vincent L. Rousseau

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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone