Foreman didn't see trade coming

RYAN PYETTE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

Jordan Foreman never wanted to leave the London Knights and said he was taken aback by being traded to the Niagara IceDogs this week.

"I was surprised by it -- it's disappointing to be traded but I understand it's part of the business," he said yesterday from Cambridge. "I didn't (request a trade) at all. I was getting ready to go to training camp in London. I had been there three years and I was looking forward to having a good fourth (season)."

The 20-year-old forward, who missed training camp last year because of a broken foot and had an injury-plagued season, was dealt to Niagara for 19-year-old defenceman Nathan Martine. Foreman said watching the Knights trade Trevor Kell last year to Sarnia, where he became an offensive force in his over-age year, helped reduce the blow of leaving the only OHL team he's known.

"Hopefully, I can go to Niagara and put up some big offensive numbers," he said. "It's going to be a great opportunity and I'm anxious to go to St. Catharines. They were a team (in Mississauga) I tended to play well against, so hopefully I can go there now, score some goals and be one of their go-to guys."

Foreman, who heads to the Edmonton Oilers' camp on Sept. 4, said the move won't tarnish his long-term affiliation with the Knights.

"We won a Memorial Cup and I have a lot of memories of my time there. I had a good feeling in London and right away, I felt accepted. I don't think I'm going to change the way I play. I just want to be able to provide more offence."

The Foreman trade wasn't the only business London GM Mark Hunter handled this week. He also traded promising forward Luke VanMoerkerke to Brampton for 18-year-old winger Cody Smith.

Smith, a six-foot-one, 195-pounder from Scarborough, played most of last season for Knights new assistant coach Pat Curcio with the Pickering Panthers of the Ontario Hockey Association's Provincial Junior A league. He has one goal in 41 OHL games.

The 17-year-old VanMoerkerke, a Tillsonburg native, played in 36 games with the Knights last season with three goals and 10 points. He also played with the junior B London Nationals.

The Knights also signed goalie Michael Zador, their first-round pick (20th overall) in this year's draft. The 16-year-old is a candidate to play for Ontario at the World Under-17 Challenge in London this winter.

KNIGHTS' EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Friday, Aug. 31: vs. Sarnia, 7:30 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre

Sunday, Sept. 2: at Sarnia, 2 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 7: vs. Windsor, 7:30 p.m. at the JLC

Saturday, Sept. 8: at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15: at Saginaw, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 16: vs. Saginaw, 2 p.m. at Woodstock


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