Caps address 20-year-old issue

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Annecchiarico moved to Crushers

SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals have resolved the issue of having one too many 20-year-olds.

Alex Annecchiarico in action with the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals.

Defenceman Alex Annecchiarico and a seventh-round draft pick in 2016 have been traded to Pictou County in exchange for a fourth-round selection and future considerations.

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Sunday at 10 p.m. was the trade deadline for carded players. However, teams can still deal uncarded players from their 45-man MHL list. Annecchiarico was left off the Caps’ 23-man roster submitted Sunday night.

“We had 10 20-year-olds and you can only have nine,” explained Caps general manager Pat McIver. “Our plan was to try and put him on an affiliated card and have him remain with the team, but his wishes were to play in the MHL and not go on an affiliate card.

“We gave him a list of teams that were interested in him and he chose Pictou, so we made that work.”

It is not uncommon for teams to use affiliate cards. For example, Luke Warner was on a junior C card as a 20-year-old in 2013, and played for the Caps in May’s RBC Cup final.

In 32 games with Summerside this season, the six-foot-one and 225-pound Annecchiarico had 16 points, including two goals, and 48 penalty minutes.

“The main thing is Alex got an opportunity and is going to a place he wanted to go,” said McIver. “Honestly, we got better offers for Alex, but we felt the best thing to do was to honour his wish of going to Pictou.”

 

Geographic location: Pictou

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