Two former hockey Islanders returning to P.E.I. this weekend

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Charlottetown Islanders

Two major junior hockey players will be making their returns to Charlottetown this weekend.

“It’s going to be a lot different,” said 19-year-old winger Matt Bursey, but “it will be fun.”

The Saint John, N.B., native was traded Dec. 22 to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in exchange for Matthew Cusson.

The Armada is in town tonight for a 7 p.m. contest with the Charlottetown Islanders.

The Rimouski Oceanic makes its only visit to Charlottetown on Sunday for a

4 p.m. game.

Twenty-year-old defenceman Jimmy Oligny was traded in the off-season to Rimouski for a first- and a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

Bursey played part of three seasons with the P.E.I. Rocket and Charlottetown Islanders.

“Pretty much my second home is Charlottetown,” he said. “It will be exciting to see all the fans.”

Bursey has a goal, two assists and 15 penalty minutes in 14 games with the Armada.

“The guys are great, the team is good here, everything is great. I couldn’t ask for more,” Bursey said. “It’s a big change from a small town where everybody knows everybody to kind of a big town just outside of Montreal.”

But he is enjoying the experience and looking forward to the rest of the season and playoff run.

Oligny, the Rocket’s first-round pick (seventh overall) in 2009, played four seasons in Charlottetown. He has five goals, 21 assists and 91 penalty minutes this season in Rimouski.

He could not be reached for comment.

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Saint John, Rimouski Montreal

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Recent comments

  • jon jon
    February 08, 2014 - 11:57

    Same old, same old with this team. Now the new management is going the same way as the old. I don't understand how this team draws any fans at all. This team will never be a winner .

  • Fulton
    February 08, 2014 - 11:28

    I can't believe some of the bonehead deals that Grant Sonier made he basicaly sold this team for nothing. I no it's good to build a team for the future but when you trade certain players away that really could of helped this team this year would of been good and also I think they could of got more for some of the players at the draft this year or next years trade deadline. I hope next year some of these trades are approved before hand guys like Bursey and Graves could of still helped us this year also where did those players go that we got for Bursey and Ottereyes I believe Sonier and staff sent a few back how are they suppose to develop and get used to the league by doing that. I can't believe this cat was an assistant GM in the NHL a lot of fans aren't sold on this guy.

    • Corey
      February 08, 2014 - 12:39

      Foulton Grant is a good hockey guy knows what he's doing and made bold moves that will make this team a winner Bursey was 19 and not back for a 20 yo season same goes for Ottereyes. Graves was a head scratched but Henley will be a better dman than Graves was the 3 guys I said above will not be in the league when we make a run. You must have liked how Savard ran things did u?