The Elmira Sugar Kings’ front office has been busy this summer looking to fill out a lineup card that was hit hard by a number of key departures following a Cherrey Cup-winning season.This week, the club’s director of hockey operations Jeff Snyder announced a trade with the Cambridge Winter Hawks which netted forward Jake Moggy, as well as the signings of forward Quinten Bruce from the Stayner Siskins of the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League and centre Brock Welsh from the Orillia Terriers, also of the GMOJHL.
“I’m really happy we got Jake Moggy, an Elmira boy, back from Cambridge in a trade,” Snyder said. “He’s a guy that I know well and who really fits the type of player that we want. He’s a hardworking player, committed to getting better, committed to being a good team guy and a good leader. I think he brings a lot to the table and we want to get some guys from Elmira playing if they’re good enough and he certainly is so we are really excited about getting him back in Elmira.”
Moggy, who turns 20 in October, spent two seasons with the Winter Hawks, and scored 12 goals and 14 assists last year. To pick up the veteran forward, the Kings gave up one of their two 16-year-old “cards,” which give teams the ability to play under-agers.
Snyder was also pleased with the club’s ability to bring in Bruce, who tallied 67 points in 40 games during the 2014-15 campaign.
“He’s a big winger who led his team in scoring last season,” Snyder said of the 19-year-old Duntroon native. “We think he brings a number of things to our team, some size and some physical play but also a nice scoring touch as well.”
And the addition of Welsh, who has a shot to make the Oshawa Generals this year, would be a boon for the Kings, Snyder said.
“He’s a forward who can play centre or the wing who is a good skater and brings a good scoring touch. He was drafted by Oshawa in the OHL and has a chance to make that team, but if he doesn’t make it, he’s committed to coming here.”
Welsh scored 15 goals and 27 assists with Orillia as a 16-year-old last season.
Those three join forwards Jeff Jordan, Tyler Jackson and Tyler Biles as new Kings heading into training camp next month.
Snyder says he and general manager Kevin Bloch still have some work to do filling out their back end, but they are pleased with the talent they have been able to add so far this off season. He added that the organization will be seeking additional billet homes for out-of-town players.
The new guys will have big shoes to fill for the defending Cherrey Cup champions, as starting netminder Jonathan Reinhart, top scorer Mitch Klie, veterans Cash Seraphim and Adam Brubacher as well as rising star Brendan Schneider – plus the over-agers Mitch Wright, Brodie Whitehead, Steven Jakiela, Eric Palazzolo and Chad Herron – have all left the fold.