Hurricanes get Demoe from Kitchener

GUELPH – The Guelph Hurricanes made some roster moves Tuesday as they attempt to put the brakes on their Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League losing skid.

The Canes acquired forward Ben Demoe from Midwestern Conference rivals Kitchener Dutchmen and they also sent the rights to defenceman Matt Murray to the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

The Canes have had 38 players suit up for them this season.

Demoe had three goals, an assist and 10 penalty minutes in 23 games with Kitchener this season, including a goal against the Canes Dec. 3. A Cambridge native, he played midget AAA in Kitchener last season and minor midget AAA in Kitchener in 2015-16.

That trade was one of three roster changes made by Kitchener Tuesday as they added forward Jeff Schrattner from the Mississauga Chargers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and also added free agent goaltender Matthew Chan who started the season with the Nepean Raiders of the Central Canada Hockey League. Schrattner had an assist for the Dutchmen in a 5-2 win over the Waterloo Siskins Tuesday night.

Defenceman Murray started the season with the Elmira Sugar Kings where he had seven assists in 22 games after getting five goals and 15 assists in 47 games for the Sugar Kings last season. A native of Thessalon, Murray played had four goals and eight assists in 32 games with Blind River in the 2015-16 season.

Murray was the future considerations in the Nov. 23 deal that brought Keanan Stewart to the Canes for Braydon Munn, but never suited up for Guelph.

Losers of 10 consecutive games, two in overtime, the Canes are to host Elmira Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.

The Canes will follow that with three consecutive games against the Brampton Bombers as the teams are to clash Friday and Dec. 22 at Brampton’s Memorial Gardens and Dec. 23 at the Sleeman Centre. All three games carry 7:30 p.m. starting times.

  • Guelph Sports Journal