The Battlefords North Stars have pulled off another trade and this time it’s a blockbuster. The Stars have sent last season’s leading scorer Matty Sahatchuk to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in exchange for forward Dustin Gorgi and future considerations. Both players are 1995 born and entering their final years in Junior Hockey.
Saharchuk is from Fort St James BC and in his lone season in the SJHL posted 16 goals and 36 points plus 8 point in 9 playoff games.
Gorgi is a Red Deer native with plenty of experience. He split last season between Olds and Grande Prairie in the AJHL. In 119 career AJHL games, the 6’3 190 pound Gorgi has 47 career points. He also played in and won the Telus cup back in 2012-13 with his hometown AAA Red Deer Chiefs.
The North Stars have now added three players this summer in trades that are all 6’2 or taller.
It’s a little surprising to see Saharchuk headed back to BC as he didn’t get a lot of opportunity in Vernon a couple seasons ago to show what he could do. With the North Stars this past season the forward was given top line minutes and lots of power play time. He would have been a big cog in the offense again this season. Hopefully Matty is given a chance to shine in Salmon Arm. I’m sure he’ll find himself continuing on in the game of hockey in after his junior career is done. Plus I am sure it is exciting to be playing close to home once again.
I just spoke with North Stars GM Kevin Hasselberg about the trade and he said it was a case of Saharchuk wanting to be closer to home if possible for his final junior season. The Stars are also really excited to add Gorgi who Kevin says is a great character player with size and the skill to replace Saharchuk in the lineup. Like I said, it seems like the Stars got a really nice return here for a very good player. You always hope in these cases the trade is a win-win for both organizations and for the players involved.
I also asked Kevin about the size of the players he has picked up this season. He said that getting bigger was a factor. But he also stressed that they team also wanted to make sure they were adding character and skill. He believes they have done that in the trades they have made. Coach Hasselberg also singled out the players that have committed to the team for the coming season in terms of new recruits. He’s very excited for the group of players that are coming in and for the coming season.
The North Stars look to be a young team again this season. But a very deep team with plenty of skill and size.
For more on the trade check out the North Stars website http://www.northstars.ca and keep up to date with the “Who’s Coming to Camp” feature. (Which I am loving and I think is a fantastic addition to the site. Well done Trent!)