Ahead of the December 1 roster adjustment deadline, the Junior Canucks bolstered their blue line with two acquisitions.
The Junior C’s received Peter Davis from NWJHL rivals, the Sexsmith Vipers, for a player development fee, and Harrison Tucker from the Nanaimo Buccaneers of the VIJHL.
Davis was acquired in time for Saturday’s game, and made an immediate impact, putting up a goal — his second of the year — against GP.
“He’s got some good size,” says head coach Gene Cooper. “Heading down the stretch, it’s going to help when the going gets tough.”
The 6’1” defenceman played in 35 games with the Vipers last season (after a two game tryout the season before), notching two goals and eight points. This season, he’s played 13 games. (He has missed the previous four games with the Vipers).
Davis is happy to be playing close to home.
“It’s awesome to come play with these guys and I’m thankful that they brought me in here, and it’s not the finish that we wanted [Saturday], but going forward we’ll definitely be strong,” he says.
He describes himself as a two-way defenceman, and had a high opinion of the team before joining.
“They just seemed like a hard, fast paced team that move the puck well. They were always a hard team to play against. Glad to be a part of them now,” he explains.
Tucker was expected to join the team in practice this week.
“I look forward to seeing him,” Cooper said Saturday. “He’s going to be a puck moving defenceman and he’s got some good speed and he sees the ice well.”
The 18 year old 5’7” defenceman from Edmonton had a goal and three assists in 16 games with the Buccaneers, his first year of junior.
“We made a couple of adjustments there and hopefully going forward, it’s going to make a difference, add a little bit new life into the dressing room and with any luck it’ll show some improvements,” explains Cooper.