KINGSTON -- Eganville native Mavric Parks showed no signs of bitterness Tuesday when his time as a member of the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs came to an end with a trade to the Kitchener Rangers.
Meantime, the Frontenacs added an Ottawa-area player in a second deal, picking up defenceman Cameron Odam of Stittsville from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Carrying his goaltending equipment as he headed off to rejoin his original OHL team, the Kitchener Rangers, Parks was appreciative a decision had been made to clear up Kingston's netminding situation. The 19-year-old started preparing himself for a deal when the Frontenacs traded for Tyler Beskorowany just days before training camp opened on Aug. 24. The latest trade sees Parks go to the Rangers for a fifth-round pick in the 2010 OHL priority selection.
“I was prepared to stay here and play but I also was prepared to leave. I was definitely exploring my options,” said Parks, who had a no-trade clause in his contract.
“Mav (GM Larry Mavety) was very professional about it. He put me in the right spot that I wanted to go so I can’t thank him enough,” said Parks, who asked for a trade to either Kitchener or defending Memorial Cup champion Windsor.
Parks was traded to Kingston in January 2008.
Odam, 19, was acquired for a fourth-round draft selection in 2010. Mavety described Odam as a “stay at home defenceman who plays physical.”
The 6-foot-2, 194-pound Odam played 107 games over two seasons for the Greyhounds.