Foreman sent to IceDogs

RYAN PYETTE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

The last remaining regular from the London Knights' 2005 Memorial Cup championship team is gone.

Fiery Jordan Foreman, a 20-year-old forward from Cambridge who suffered through an injury-plagued 2006-07 season, was traded yesterday to the Niagara IceDogs for 19-year-old defenceman Nathan Martine less than a week before training camp opens.

Foreman, a seventh-round draft pick in 2003, quickly became a fan favourite by playing bigger than his five-foot-nine, 180-pound frame. He threw thunderous checks, fought and rose to the occasion by scoring key goals, often in short-handed situations.

"It's tough making a trade like this -- I believe Jordan Foreman will always be a London Knight," London GM Mark Hunter said. "He came here, won a Memorial Cup and he's a quality kid. But he had a ton of injuries last year and we all felt he would benefit from a change of scenery."

Last season, Foreman had eight goals and 21 points with 137 penalty minutes in 42 games -- one season after scoring a career-high 29 goals in 68 games. The veteran hoped to increase his specialty team ice time this year but that was unlikely to happen with the influx of forwards on the Knights roster.

"With Pat Maroon, Tony Romano and Akim Aliu coming in, plus you have Phil McRae back, we have guys who need to play in that group," Hunter said. "It was going to be tough for (Foreman) to get more time on the power play and penalty kill."

Hunter said Foreman, who will attend the Edmonton Oilers training camp, did not request a trade.

Martine, from Port Colborne, had a no-trade clause but waived it to come to London, even though he will be denied the opportunity to play in his home region with the Mississauga franchise relocated to St. Catharines.

"Every player who comes through wants to play in London --the fans, arena -- it's a winning organization that speaks for itself," Martine said. "I knew someone would be moved but I thought it might not be me because I'm considered a local kid. I was at a team function the night before. You're getting ready to go to camp and figure you just need to pack a duffle bag, and then everything changes.

"But my parents will still be at every home game -- they're not shy about driving. It'll be great for the young kids to have OHL hockey in the area and it would be nice to be a part of, but for me, I'm a hundred times happier where I'm going."

Martine, a Barrie first rounder in 2004, proved his durability by playing all 68 regular season games for the IceDogs last year after suiting up for 69 in 2005-06 -- the season he was part of a trade that sent blue-liner David Pszenyczny to the Colts.

"When you make a trade, you hope it works well for both sides," Hunter said. "Niagara is getting a veteran forward they needed. We're getting a fourth-year defenceman who is tough and physical, which we felt we needed to get a little bigger. He (Martine) has got better every time we've seen him and his statistics would bear that out."

Martine had a career-high nine goals and 41 points with 114 penalty minutes last year -- a development he chalked up to finally having a regular defensive partner in top pick Alex Pietrangelo.

Foreman's departure leaves forward Adam Perry as the team's lone over-age candidate -- for now. David Meckler, Sergei Kostitsyn and Josh Beaulieu are eligible to return but all have signed pro contracts, so Hunter called that possibility "very slim."


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