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The Powassan Voodoos and French River Rapids swapped former Trappers forwards, the Voodoos announced on Thursday.
The Voodoos sent 18-year-old forward Will Bourre and a development fee to French River for 17-year-old Battalion prospect Chase Thompson.
Bourre, a leading scorer with the U18 AAA Trappers last season, had 3 assists in 13 games for the Voodoos so far this season, while the 5’11”, 172 pound Thompson had 2 goals and 1 assist in 14 games with the Rapids.
“We are very excited to add Chase Thompson to our team, Chase is from Callander and grew up in the Powassan area,” said Peter Goulet, Voodoos head coach and VP of hockey operations.
Thompson, who attended the North Bay Battalion main camp this summer, was drafted in the 14th round in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection.
“He will bring a lot of grit and energy to our team and I have heard he is a great young man and as a Rapids captain, he should be great in the dressing room. We welcome him to our team.”
Thompson is glad to be closer to home.
“I’m very excited to be back playing for my hometown team where i played minor hockey as a kid,” said Thompson.
“I feel like I can help the team in all areas of the ice with my hard work and grit and hopefully we can work together to make a deep run in the playoffs. it will also be nice to be playing on the affiliate team to where I was drafted.”
Goulet says it was tough letting the improving Bourre go in this Trapper for Trapper hockey trade.
“We wish Will Bourre all the best in French River,” said Goulet.
“Unfortunately in situations like this we sometimes have to move a good player, teammate and a good young man. Will is going to be a great junior player.”
Thompson is expected to join the Voodoos Thursday night as they travel to Sudbury to face the Sudbury Cubs. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. at Countryside arena in Sudbury.