The Kings have officially shuffled their deck for the first time this season.
Last week the Elmira Sugar Kings said goodbye to forward Keenan Stewart and defenseman Matt Murray in a trade with the Guelph Hurricanes for defenseman Braydon Munn.
“Braydon was an excellent pick-up for us,” said Elmira head coach Trent Brown. “Management has continued to do a great job in supporting our needs. It’s never easy moving pieces like Keanan Stewart and Matt Murray. We wouldn’t have won the Sutherland Cup last year without them. That being said, it’s a new year and we felt we need some more veteran presence and all the intangibles that come with that on our blue line.”
“Braydon Munn has been a leader in this league and we will count on him for making good puck decisions and helping us spend as little time as possible in the defensive zone,” he continued.
Having played 15 games in the OJHL for the Milton Icehawks in the 2016/2017 season, Munn made the move to Guelph where he played 25 games in the remaining 2016/2017 season, racking up 12 points, and one in his four playoff games with the team.
The 6’1”, 195-pound Mississauga native is 20 years old, bringing both age and a solid defensive stance to the team.
“He really just calms things down on our backend. He has a real veteran presence – he is 20 years old – he brings a lot of qualities that I thought we needed to improve on defensively and offensively,” said Brown. “From what I’ve been told and first impressions and interactions, he is also a quality leader as well, and you can never really have too many of those guys.”
Having started the season with the Hurricanes, the current seventh-place team, Munn has posted eight points, and 34 penalty minutes in his 24 games with Guelph.
After losing two games prior against Elmira, Munn’s new team has beat them twice in the two latest showings.
In his first game with his new team, Munn picked up an assist against Brantford and continued to influence the play from the backend during since coming over to the Kings.
“I am absolutely ecstatic to be here. It is a definitely a place that has welcomed me with open arms and there was nothing negative that I heard coming in or nothing negative that I found. It is just an unbelievable experience so far and I can’t wait to see how far it goes – I am really looking forward to the ride,” said Munn of the trade. “We just gelled well as a group and it’s been a pretty great team atmosphere. It was unbelievable to come in to that.”