EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – The return to the orange level brings a lot of happiness to the organization of the Edmundston Blizzard, which embraces this good news with the acquisition of three new forwards.
The Blizzard gets Andrew Bruder, a 6’2’’ 20-year-old player from Woodstock, Ontario. He has spent his entire junior career (3 years) in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, which makes him a valuable asset. Last season, he had 8 goals and 16 assists in 56 games with the Niagara IceDogs. He was traded this season to the Trenton Golden Hawks but, due to the pandemic, was unable to play a game. The Blizzard made his acquisition in return for future considerations. With his offensive skills, we expect him to have an immediate impact on the success of the Edmundston team.
Blizzard’s organization also announced that thew will be countin on the services of 18-yeard-old Frédéryck Janvier and 19-year-old Cole Stewart, two players they have previously drafted.
A native of Trois-Rivières, Janvier, 5’6’’, has played with the Rimouski Océanic for the past three seasons, including this year. In 61 games in the QMJHL, he has tallied 8 goals and 10 assists with a remarkable plus minus of 25. His rights belonged to the Blizzard following his selection in the 2020 MHL supplemental draft.
A Moncton native, Stewart, 5’11’’, was the Blizzard’s second pick in the 2009 MHL draft in Berwick, N.S. He has played in the QMJHL since de 2017-2018 season. In 93 games with Halifax, Acadie-Bathurst and Chicoutimi, he accumulated 5 goals and 10 assists. He started his junior career in 2017 with the Miramichi Timberwolves where he had 3 goals and 5 assists in 17 games.
“We are very happy to announce the arrival of these three players who will add a new dimension to our team’s offense and who will please our fans. We are also very happy with the return to the orange level, which means that the Blizzard players will resume training at the Jean-Daigle Centre as of Sunday, “said André Lebel, president of the Edmundston team.
It is still early to announce the return of games for the New Brunswick teams. If the health situation continues to show encouraging signs, hockey could resume in the next few weeks.
“I take this opportunity to thank all of our players and our fans who have shown resilience and solidarity in these uncertain times. Everyone is happy to have practice resuming before having games back, hopefully within a few weeks, “said Lebel.
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Andrew Bruder. Photo Terry Wilson/OHL Images
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, Edmundston Blizzard vice-president communications; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone