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67’s add experience and depth in four player deal with Steelheads

The Ottawa 67’s opened the new year with a four player trade with the Mississauga Steelheads. Coming to Ottawa are veteran forwards Jacob Cascagnette and Shaw Boomhower along with Ottawa native Merrick Rippon in exchange for Matt Foget and three draft picks.

“I am familiar with both Jacob and Shaw. They are hard working experienced forwards who complement our current group of players,” said General Manager James Boyd. “Merrick Rippon is a local player who plays a rugged game and provides added depth to our defence corps for a number of years.”

Cascagnette brings over 200 games of OHL experience to the nation’s capital and his six-foot-three frame will give the 67’s added size and strength down the middle of the ice. The Kitchener native could also prove to be a key factor in Ottawa’s special teams as he was ranked second in powerplay goals for Mississauga this season with five and also chipped in with a shorthanded marker.

After a strong rookie season in 2016-17, Boomhower is on pace for career high’s in virtually all categories. The Belleville native brings experience and special teams depth to the Barber Poles.

Ottawa native Merrick Rippon could prove to be the steal of the trade with Boyd and company scoring a young defenceman with plenty of years ahead of him to development under André Tourigny and his staff. Rippon developed with both the Ottawa Jr. 67’s and the Ottawa Jr. Senators before being drafted by the Kitchener Rangers in the second round in 2016.

Going the other way is Matt Foget two 2018 draft picks (2nd round and 3rd round) as well as a conditional 5th round pick in 2019.

TRADE BREAKDOWN

To Ottawa:

Jacob Cascagnette 1997 F
Shaw Boomhower 1998 F
Merrick Rippon 2000 D
To Mississauga:

Matt Foget 1997 F
2nd in ‘18
3rd in ‘18
5th in ‘19 (Conditional)

The 67’s return to the ice at The Arena at TD Place this Saturday, when they host the Peterborough Petes at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $12 and are available by clicking here, calling 613.232.6767 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place. All minor hockey players part of the 67’s Prospect Program get in for FREE. For more information on the 67’s Prospect Program click here.

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