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Kings score two new forwards in trade with Listowel

With playoffs around the corner the Elmira Sugar Kings made some team changes in advance of the trade deadline, looking to polish up their roster.
They traded forward Jamie Huber to the Listowel Cyclones for forwards Kevin Gergely and Chad Herron. Gergely hails from Georgetown, and Herron from Guelph.
Director of hockey operations Keith Stewart said they were looking to add a bit of depth upfront for the playoff run.
“So usually to get something you have to give something in return,” Stewart said. “Jamie Huber down the road’s going to be a good player, but this is this year. What had happened is Chad had been traded to Listowel earlier in the day Saturday, so we ended up getting his rights along with Kevin Gergely’s rights.”
Huber had six goals and 14 assists with the Kings this season. Since joining the Cyclones he’s added an assist. He played for the Wingham Ironmen A team last season and accumulated 41 goals and 41 assists in regular season play, along with 10 goals and 10 assists in the playoffs.
Gergely has one assist for the Kings so far, and had four goals and nine assists with the Cyclones this season. He played for the Cyclones last season, too, putting up 12 goals and 14 assists.
Herron had nine goals and 10 assists for the Guelph Hurricanes this season. He’s played for Guelph since the 2011-2012 season.
“They both played Saturday and one of them played Sunday,” Stewart said. “They fit in well in the room. Once they learn our systems and that I think they’re going to be two good pickups for the season.”
Head coach Jeff Flanagan said they’ve already helped out the team since joining last week. He said Herron brings size and experience to the team, being an older player. Gergely will also contribute offensively as a young forward.
Flanagan said the Kings management did their homework on both players, ensuring their backgrounds would fit in with the hardworking, community-minded nature of the team.
With just over a month before playoff season, he said they’re really hammering home to the players that the little things matter. What’s encouraging to see is none of the players are out on suspension, illness, injury, or for exams.
“We seem to be healthy as well as we’re all eligible to play. Hopefully we can keep it that way,” Flanagan said. “I don’t know how many games we had a full roster. It’s kind of nice to get everybody together and hungry to be on the ice.”
Heading into this weekend, they have 13 games left, eight of which are against teams in the top half of the standings.
They’re focusing on retouching their systems, integrating the new players, and having one on one sessions with all the guys.
“We’re making sure everyone is 100 per cent, and shortening our practices from a time perspective, but ramping up the intensity,” Flanagan said.

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