67's get draft picks in trades

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On OHL trade deadline day, the Ottawa 67's decided to look ahead.

Defenceman Brian Birkhoff, an 18-year-old from Richmond Hill, was dealt to the Peterborough Petes for a fifth-round draft pick. Overage forward Peter Stevens was sent to the Sarnia Sting for a 14th-round pick.

"With eight healthy defencemen on the roster, it wasn't possible to provide everyone with the ice time they needed to continue their development," said 67's GM Brian Kilrea. "Sending Brian to Peterborough gives him a better opportunity for a regular shift and it also moves him closer to home, which is always a good thing.

"Moving Peter Stevens to Sarnia gives him an opportunity to keep playing in the league and clears the over-age spot on the roster that we needed for Corey Cowick."

Cowick scored four goals in three games over the weekend after missing 41 games with a shoulder injury.

Birkhoff said he was relieved because he was hoping for more ice time.

"I thought it was time for a change," said Birkhoff. "I didn't want to get traded from Ottawa. It's a great organization, but I think it was the best thing for me."

Birkhoff said he didn't ask for a trade, but he did convey his feelings to Kilrea about his lack of playing time.

"I kind of left it up to him," he said. "If he was going to trade another defenceman to help me play, either way was great for me."

Around the league

In other deals yesterday, Oshawa acquired forward Cody Alcock from Belleville for a fifth-round draft choice. Barrie added goalie Mavric Parks-- a native of Eganville -- from Kitchener for third- and fifth-round picks. Saginaw moved second- and third-round picks to Niagara for the IceDogs' first-round CHL import pick.


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