Voodoos deal before trade freeze

Photo of Braeden Vis in action with the Vikings. Photo courtesy NOJHL.com

The Powassan Voodoos made a pair of trades just prior to the December trade freeze which kicked in at 9 p.m. on Sunday.

The Voodoos acquired big defencemen Braeden Vis from the Elliot Lake Vikings in exchange for a development fee. The 6’3”, 2006 birth year defender has 1 goal and 6 assists in 11 games with the Vikings this year.

“I am very excited and pleased to be with a top tier organization like the Voodoos,” said Vis, who attended Kitchener Rangers camp in the fall.

The Hanmer product grew up with current Voodoos forward Caden Dubreuil while the organization itself is very familiar with Vis.

In fact, Brent Tomlinson, Voodoos assistant coach and associate GM, was a scout for the Niagara IceDogs when he was selected by the OHL club in 2022.

“Vis is a welcome addition to our blueline,” said Chris Dawson, Voodoos GM.

“Credit coach Peter Goulet for doing most of the legwork, as we are excited to see Braeden in action for the Voodoos. Thanks to Chris Keleher, Vikings coach/general manager for getting this done before the freeze.”

In another move, the Voodoos sent forward Owen Smetham to the Carleton Place Canadians for a development fee.

“Owen is a first class young man who has played forward and defence for us this season, he comes from a great family and we wish him success closer to home with the Canadians,” said Dawson.

The Voodoos are back in action this Friday and Saturday at home when they host French River and Timmins respectively to go into the Christmas break. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. both nights.