Storm trades Bertuzzi to Hamilton for draft picks

GUELPH – The Guelph Storm has traded forward Tag Bertuzzi to the Hamilton Bulldogs for three draft picks.

The Storm received three picks the Bulldogs acquired in earlier deals as they got Mississauga’s second-round pick in 2020, their own third-round pick in 2021 and Sudbury’s third-round pick in 2022.

Combined with the picks the Storm received in Friday’s trade that sent Ryan Merkley to the Peterborough Petes for Pavel Gogolev, the Storm has added eight picks – three of them conditional.

They also picked up two picks in the November trade that sent Mason Primeau to the North Bay Battalion.

Bertuzzi, the Storm’s first-round pick (second overall) of the 2017 OHL draft had four goals and five assists in 29 games this season after getting three goals and eight assists in 41 games in his rookie season of 2017-18.

Bertuzzi’s father Todd and cousin Tyler are Storm alumni.

Tyler, the Storm’s fourth-round pick of 2011, finished with 87 goals, 112 assists and 380 penalty minutes in 239 regular season and playoff games with the Storm.

Todd, the Storm’s first ever draft pick – first round, fifth overall in 1991– had 135 goals, 190 assists and 613 penalty minutes in 258 regular season and playoff games with the Storm.

The Storm should get to see Tag Bertuzzi with the Bulldogs as the two teams are to play a home-and-home series Dec. 28 and 29 in their return to league play following their Christmas breaks. Dec. 28 game is set for the Sleeman Centre at 7:30 p.m. and the Dec. 29 game is to go at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Place beginning at 4 p.m.

 

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