SUMMERSIDE — The Summerside Western Capitals have traded for a veteran goaltender.
Capitals general manager Pat McIver announced late Tuesday afternoon the Maritime Junior Hockey League team has acquired Simon-Pier Chamberland from the Abitibi Eskimos of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Chamberland is no stranger to the Caps having played with arch-rival Woodstock Slammers last season.
The 20-year-old Chamberland, who is from Thetford Mines, Que., could possibly make his Caps’ debut on home ice at Eastlink Arena against the Bridgewater Lumberjacks on Sunday afternoon.
“He’s (Chamberland) driving (to Summerside) and I think he said it’s a 24-hour drive, so it’s going to take him a couple of days,” said McIver. “He’ll get here late (today), he’ll practise Thursday and we’ll hopefully get him on the ice Friday and Saturday and get him ready for Sunday’s game. That’s the game plan right now.”
In 34 regular-season games with the Slammers last season, Chamberland posted a 2.93 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. In nine playoff games, Chamberland had a 2.98 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.
Chamberland’s acquisition leaves the Caps with three goaltenders, including rookies Alex Kelly of Kensington and Grant Grady of Freetown.
“We’re going to stay status quo for a little while and see how things unfold,” said McIver. “Right now we felt we had to bring in a little bit more experience to get us through this next little bit. . .”
In a separate deal completed on Monday night, the Caps sent defenceman Connor Dea to the Yarmouth Mariners in exchange for the MHL rights to forward Alex Gallant of Stratford and future considerations.
Dea was pointless and picked up 33 penalty minutes in six regular-season games with the Caps.
In 32 regular-season games with the Charlottetown Islanders in the N.B.-P.E.I. major midget league last season, Gallant had 38 points, including 17 goals.
He has a goal and an assist in four regular-season contests this season.