Knights, Sting trade forwards

London Free Press staff

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

Two of the most bitter rivals in the Ontario Hockey League are becoming good trading buddies.

The London Knights and Sarnia Sting completed their second trade of the season yesterday, with the Knights sending import forward Mathis Olimb to the Sting for centre Drew Larman.

The teams also exchanged conditional draft picks in the 2007 draft.

Earlier this season the Knights sent Scott Restoule to the Sting for defenceman Jeff Whitfield.

Olimb was the Knights' first pick in the import draft this year. Olimb was generously listed at five-foot-nine. He played last season in the Norwegian Elite League as well as with the Norwegian under-18 and under-20 teams.

In limited playing time over 10 games this year, he had two assists.

Size may have played a factor in the deal. Larman, 19 a six-foot-three centre from Canton, Mich., is in his third OHL season. In 12 games with the Sting this season, he has two goals and six penalty minutes.

He's expected to be at practice today and play Friday against the Mississauga IceDogs at the John Labatt Centre.

In that game he could face three former teammates as the Sting made another deal yesterday with the IceDogs. Sarnia sent wingers John Hecimovic, Daniel Carcillo and defenceman David Pszenyczny to Mississauga for wingers Chad Painchaud, Brad Efthimiou and defenceman Chris Chimienti.

Sarnia also receives a second-round draft pick in 2005, a second in 2006 and future considerations.


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