General Manager and Head Coach George Burnett announced today that the Storm have acquired defenseman Owen Lalonde from the Sudbury Wolves.
In exchange for Lalonde, the Wolves will receive defenseman Nolan Makkonen, as well as the following picks in upcoming OHL Priority Selections:
- Windsor’s 2nd Round pick in 2018
- Windsor’s 3rd Round pick 2018
- Peterborough’s 2nd Round pick 2019
- Sault Ste. Marie’s 3rd Round pick in 2021
- Conditional – Windsor’s 2nd Round pick in 2019
- Conditional – Guelph’s 2nd Round pick in 2021
“This was an opportunity to add an elite young talent,” said Burnett. “He will have an impact in our lineup immediately and also be a huge part of our future.”
“Owen is a very intelligent player and an excellent skater. He brings a very strong skill set, a high level of compete and an ability to move the puck.”
Lalonde was the Wolves’ first-round choice, second overall, in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. As a first-year player in 2016-17, he posted 12 points in 64 games with the Wolves. He also won a silver medal with Team Canada Black at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge last November, tallying two points in six games.
Lalonde was also one of seven OHL defensemen to attend Hockey Canada’s Under-18 Selection Camp for the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Calgary earlier this month.
“I’m thrilled for this opportunity and can’t wait to get to Guelph to meet my new teammates,” said Lalonde. “I’ve heard so many great things about the city and the fans in Guelph and I’m excited to get to work.”
During his Minor Midget season in 2015-16, Lalonde posted 37 points in 34 games with his Windsor AAA Zone team, and earned Player of the Year honours in the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario. He also led Windsor to a berth in the 2016 OHL Cup, scoring three points in four games at the tournament.
Lalonde is scheduled to join his new teammates at 2017 Training Camp, which begins as the players report on Monday, August 28th.