'Piques continue dealing

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

The Gatineau Olympiques are certainly in the spirit of the year's busiest shopping season.

Their trading frenzy continued yesterday, making two more transactions during an action-packed QMJHL trading period.

Gatineau sent 17-year-old winger Ryan Graham home to St. John's in a deal with the player's hometown Fog Devils, along with a fifth-round pick in the 2006 QMJHL draft, and received 18-year-old rookie left winger Maxime Langelier-Parent and a third-round pick in the next draft.

In another deal, the 'Piques sent defenceman Bryan Wilson, one of the team's top-scoring blueliners, to Drummondville for 17-year-old rookie defenceman Maxim Mallette.

The Olympiques have acquired five new players since the QMJHL's trading period began last week, including one deal that sent five-year veteran Guillaume Labrecque to Shawinigan along with a third-round pick in 2007 for rookie winger Matthew Pistilli and a second-round pick in 2006.

And that trade came back to haunt Gatineau a little bit last night, as Labrecque assisted on Alex Bourret's overtime winner in Shawinigan's 6-5 victory over the Olympiques.

67's BACK IN ACTION: The OHL's Ottawa 67's resume their schedule tonight with a home game at the Civic Centre against East Division rival Kingston Frontenacs at 7 p.m. The 67's, losers of four straight, are looking to improve in the second half of the season after falling below .500 heading into the break. They'll be without rookie centre Logan Couture who is in Regina at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, but defenceman Jakub Vojta has returned to Ottawa and will be in the lineup after being released from the Czech Republic team at the world junior championship in Vancouver.

IN THE CREASE: Also in the Ottawa lineup will be Hamilton native Jordan Gallea, an 11th-round choice of the 67's in last May's OHL draft. Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea plans to use the 16-year-old defenceman in three games before returning him to his midget team ... Danny Battochio starts in net for Ottawa.


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