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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Smith Traded to London

Owen Sound | by Manny Paiva  

Owen Sound sends leading scorer to Knights for Platzer, Centorame.

A big trade in the OHL involving the Owen Sound Attack.

Owen Sound has traded leading scorer Gemel Smith to London for forward Kyle Platzer and defenceman Santino Centorame.

The Knights also get a conditional 5th round pick in 2017.

The 19 year old Smith has played his entire career with the Attack after being drafted in the 6th round pick of the 2010 OHL Priority Selection.  

Smith has 26 goals and 48 points in 40 games this season.

Overall in his career, the Toronto native has amassed 176 points in 235 games with the Owen Sound Attack.

Smith was drafted in the 4th round (104th overall) by the Dallas Stars in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.  

The 18 year old Platzer is a 5 foot 11, 185 pound forward from Waterloo who was drafted this past summer by the Edmonton Oilers in the 4th round (96th overall).

Platzer has 9 goals and 17 points in 39 games with the Knights this season.

The 17 year old Centorame is a 5 foot 10, 180 pound defenceman from Mississauga and he was a 4th round pick of the Knights in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection.  

He's appeared in 33 games for the Knights this season recording 5 points.

Attack GM Dale DeGray says "both Kyle and Santino are players that we foresee making an impact on our hockey club.".

DeGray says "Santino is a quality, puck moving defenseman and Kyle will help fill a top six role down the middle on our team both now and in the future."

The London Knights are hosts for the 2014 Mastercard Memorial Cup and this would be Gemel Smith's second time at the Memorial Cup.

He played with Owen Sound in his rookie year at the 2011 tournament after the Attack won the OHL Championship

DeGray says Smith will be missed.

"We have watched Gemel grow from a boy to a young man over the past four seasons and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavours." said DeGray.

Centorame and Platzer are both expected to be in the line-up Friday night when the Attack host the Erie Otters at the Bayshore.


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