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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Deal Done

Owen Sound & Guelph | by Fred Wallace  

Attack & Storm Confirm Transaction. Comments from Attack GM Dale DeGray

The Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League have made a multi player transaction with the Guelph Storm.

In the deal, the Attack send overage defenceman Sean Durzi along with forwards Nick Suzuki and Zach Roberts to the Storm.

In exchange, Owen Sound will receive overage forward Zach Poirier, forward Barrett Kirwin & defenceman Mark Wooley.

Owen Sound will also receive 3 additional selections in upcoming Priority Selections plus a conditional pick as well.

The draft picks acquired by the Attack are;

4th round pick in 2019 (GUE)

3rd round pick in 2021 (GUE)

2nd round pick in 2022 (GUE)

3rd round pick in 2022 (GUE) ( conditional )

Of note, by virtue of their win last night, Guelph is 2 points ahead of the Attack and if the playoffs started today, they would meet in the opening round.

Still ahead, Owen Sound & Guelph have 4 more head-to-head meetings, the first one is set for January 18th at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph.

Tonight, the new look Owen Sound Attack host the Kitchener Rangers

Game time for the Attack & Rangers is 7 pm at the JD McArthur Arena


Attack Release

The Owen Sound Attack have completed their second trade in 5 days with the Guelph Storm, this time acquiring Mark Woolley, Barrett Kirwin, Zach Poirier, a 2nd round pick in 2022, conditional 3rd round pick in 2022 and a 4th round pick in 2019 in exchange for Nick Suzuki, Sean Durzi and Zachary Roberts.

“This is a big move that was difficult but necessary.  It will strengthen the core of the team for years to come” said Attack General Manager Dale DeGray.  “Mark Woolley is a great prospect who has experience playing for Hockey Canada at the World U17 Challenge and he’s going to be able to play big minutes from the moment he arrives in Owen Sound.”

“Kirwin is only 18 and is going to help us score goals this year and next. Poirier is going to bring some grit to the lineup and make us hard to play against” added DeGray.

Captain Nick Suzuki leaves the Owen Sound Attack 3rd all time in goals with 129, 4th all time in assists with 150 and 3rd all time in points with 279 over 222 games in the league. Nick recently returned from the IIHF World Juniors where he represented Team Canada. Sean Durzi finishes his Attack career in 6th place all time for points scored by a defenseman with 119 in 163 career games. Zachary Roberts played 118 games with the Attack, scoring 20 times and adding 22 assists.

The Attack organization would like to thank Nick, Sean and Zachary for their commitment to Owen Sound. We are proud to have been their home while they developed into world class players drafted by premier NHL franchises. Their leadership, work ethic and skill will be missed and we wish them the best of luck in the future.

Woolley and Kirwin are expected to make their Owen Sound Attack debut tonight at home against the Kitchener Rangers. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available at the MacVicar and McComb Remax Attack Box Office and online at

Poirier is currently serving a 6 game suspension.


Storm Release

Guelph Storm General Manager and Head Coach, George Burnett, has announced that the Storm have acquired forwards Nick Suzuki and Zachary Roberts, and defenseman Sean Durzi from the Owen Sound Attack in exchange for forwards Zachary Poirier and Barret Kirwin, defenseman Mark Woolley, and the following picks:

4th round pick in 2019 (GUE)

3rd round pick in 2021 (GUE)

2nd round pick in 2022 (GUE)

3rd round pick in 2022 (GUE) – conditional

Suzuki, a five-foot-11, 183-pound centre from London, Ontario was a first round pick (14thoverall) by the Attack in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection and was later selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round (13thoverall) at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Suzuki is now a prospect of the Montreal Canadiens following a trade in 2018.

The Canadiens prospect has tallied 222 regular-season games through parts of four seasons with Owen Sound, registering 279 points (129 goals, 150 assists). This season, Suzuki has 22 goals while adding 23 assists for 45 points through 30 games. Suzuki also has 34 games of playoff experience, totaling 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists).

“Nick is one of the premier players in the CHL and possesses elite offensive tools,” said Burnett.  “His world class, game-breaking skill is a very exciting thing to add to our lineup.”

Most recently, Suzuki represented Canada at the World Junior Championship in Victoria/Vancouver, recording three assists in five games played adding to his international experience which includes appearances for Canada at both the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup with the Under-18 team in 2016.

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