Rasmsssen, Braid headed west for future considerations
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals pulled off a trade Thursday, sending two players west, just four days before the opening of training camp.
Mackenzie Braid and Justin Rasmussen have been traded to the Flin Flon Bombers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations.
Rasmussen, a 20-year-old resident of Georgetown, Ont., spent the majority of last season with the Caps where he recorded 36 points in 35 regular season games.
Braid, also 20, from Mississauga, Ont., came to the Western Capitals for the second half of the season. In his time with the team he had three points in only 12 regular season games.
“Rasmussen wanted to play out west and Braid has committed to university hockey next year,” said McIver. “We were able to take two players that would have left us and made a trade work for them.”
The general manager wished the players well and is now looking ahead to training camp, which opens Monday in Slemon Park.
“Now the team is focusing on training camp.”
With higher numbers than usual, the 44 players set to attend camp are expected to arrive in Summerside over the weekend.
The player makeup at camp has also expanded, with 19 not from the Maritimes, including four Americans. McIver attributes part of that to the team’s recent exposure at the RBC Cup.
“Summerside was on the map in May,” he said. “TSN was here and all over Canada young players were watching this team.”
Summerside is looking to become a younger and more versatile team explained McIver.
“We’re looking to get some young players at the camp. The team doesn’t need to get older at this point, a few fresh faces will be good.”
With four players from last season returning to camp, and possibly another four with the conclusion of their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League camps, McIver remains optimistic about his roster.
“We could have up to eight guys back from the team last year and we’re just going to add to that,” he said. “We will surprise some people this season.”
The team will hold free scrimmages at The Plex in Slemon Park for the public on Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.
Anyone interested in becoming a billet family can contact email@example.com or call McIver at 439-8654 for more information.
Caps season tickets go on sale at Credit Union Place box office on Monday at noon.