Vincent Nardone’s stay in Victoria was a short one.
Six months after coming to the Grizzlies from the Penticton Vees in a B.C. Hockey League trade, Nardone is on the move again. Grizzlies GM and head coach Craig Didmon made his third trade in as many days Friday, shipping the 19-year-old Nardone to the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations.
“It was a tough decision to move Vinny, but we have a lot of left-wing depth and we wanted to make some room for our younger players like [Andrew] Amousse and [Connor] Eddy who are ready to log more offensive ice time next season,” said Didmon, who on Wednesday picked up 20-year-old forward Thomas Maia from the Oakville Blades in Ontario and then sent 19-year-old forward Bryce Anderson to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs for a player-development fee.
Nardone, who’ll be 20 in October and is NCAA-committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha for the fall of 2021, had 21 points in 31 regular-season games for the Grizzlies this season, but was held pointless in four playoff games.
The speedy winger from Rosemere, Que., will be making his second stint in the Prairies as he spent the 2018-19 season with the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League before Penticton acquired him in the summer of 2019.
LOOSE PUCKS: Anderson wasn’t in Alberni Valley long. Hours after picking him up from Victoria, the Bulldogs shipped Anderson to the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for the rights to 20-year-old defenceman Loeden Schaufler. Schaufler played 39 games for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League this past season, before moving over to the Saints, where he played 16 games.