CHARLOTTETOWN – Charlottetown Islanders general manager Grant Sonier announced trade on Sunday afternoon.
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The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team has traded goaltender Antoine Bibeau and an eighth-round pick in 2015 to the Val-d’Or Foreurs. In return, the Islanders receive the Foreurs’ first-, third- and fourth-round picks in 2014.
From there, the Islanders traded a first- and two fourth-round draft picks to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan for 17-year-old goaltender Mason McDonald.
“This was a calculated trade that was difficult to make, but made sense for today and for the future of our franchise,” said Sonier, a Summerside native. “Any time you move a top player in this league such as Antione Bibeau, there will be people who question the decision.
“As an organization, if we didn’t have full confidence in Eric Brassard and newly-acquired Mason McDonald, we would not have made this trade.
“As we continue to move forward, this is the right move for our hockey team. Antoine Bibeau has been a tremendous player for this team, and we cannot thank him enough for his contributions on and off the ice. We wish him nothing but the best in the future.”