Victoria Grizzlies swing deal for former Smoke Eaters forward Bryce Anderson

The Victoria Grizzlies on Monday added a Bomber to their arsenal.

Grizzlies general manager and head coach Craig Didmon made a trade with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Flin Flon Bombers, picking up speedy forward Bryce Anderson for future considerations.

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Anderson, an 18-year-old who hails from Whitehorse, Y.T., never actually played a game for Flin Flon as he was traded over the summer to the SJHL team from the B.C. Hockey League’s Trail Smoke Eaters. In 49 regular season games with the Smokies last season, the five-foot-10, 160-pound centre scored six goals and added eight assists. He also added one goal in five playoff games for Trail.

It was Anderson’s midget year at Yale Hockey Academy that attracted attention. He racked up 65 points in 35 games during the 2017-18 school season before making the move to the BCHL.

“Bryce has very good speed and offensive awareness and he is an experienced player who brings more depth to our hockey club,” said Didmon, whose team will play a pair of preseason games this weekend against the Cowichan Valley Capitals, Friday night in Duncan and Saturday afternoon in Sooke.

LOOSE PUCKS: Didmon made another round of cuts following Saturday’s 3-1 preseason loss to the Clippers in Nanaimo. The Grizzlies have 27 skaters and two goalies remaining in training camp. Didmon expects to be down to 21 skaters and two goalies by Sunday. The Grizzlies begin the BCHL regular season on Sept. 7 when they visit the Capitals in Duncan.

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