Wheaties acquire Hamonic

KIRK PENTON, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

Travis Hamonic was getting nervous.

The WHL trade deadline had passed yesterday afternoon, and no WHL executive had dialed him up on his cellphone.

Then it finally rang.

The Moose Jaw Warriors had traded the 19-year-old St. Malo defenceman to the Brandon Wheat Kings for 17-year-old blue-liner Dallas Ehrhardt and three draft picks.

That means Hamonic, who won silver with Canada at the world junior championship last week in Saskatoon, will also play in this year's Memorial Cup, which the Wheat Kings are hosting in May.

"Sometimes people don't get a crack at either of those in their career, and to get a chance to do both here, it's going to be a huge honour," said the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Hamonic, who was in Winnipeg yesterday. "Obviously we've got a lot of work to do in Brandon, but I feel we definitely have the team to do it.

"To be a part of that and be with a lot of close friends that I already know on the team there, I'm smiling from ear to ear."

The only catch is Hamonic won't be making his Wheaties debut for a while. He suffered a severe left shoulder separation in Canada's semifinal at the world junior, tearing three ligaments.

Hamonic figures he'll be out for about five weeks, which means he'd return for the last month of the WHL regular season.

"I'm feeling pretty happy and excited to be a part of the Wheat Kings organization," said Hamonic, a ninth-round pick of the Warriors in the 2005 bantam draft. "It's obviously a very storied organization. There's a lot of history."

Most pundits figured Brandon's biggest need was a dominant defenceman, and that's exactly what they've landed in Hamonic. The second-round draft pick of the New York Islanders in 2008 had 10 goals and 29 assists in 31 games for the Warriors this season, and was part of Canada's shutdown duo at the world junior.

The draft picks Brandon gave up were first- and second-round selections this year and a second-rounder in 2011.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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