AMHERST – Jake Conrad knew he was headed somewhere.
The newest member of the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers learned about his destination after his former team’s game against the Miramichi Timberwolves on Thursday night in Bridgewater.
The Ramblers acquired the 20-year-old forward from the Lumberjacks for second-year forward Jesse MacInnis, defenceman Brennan Forgeron, the rights to Ryan Penny of Brayden Wood of the Moncton Wildcats and junior B players Brett Arthur and Brandon Parker.
“I had heard some rumours during the game that a trade was happening, but it wasn’t until after the game that owner Ken Petrie talked to me that it was confirmed,” Conrad said Friday from his home in Bridgewater. “I sort of figured that something was going to happen as the deadline approached, but it was still a bit of a surprise.
“When I came back I was looking forward to playing in front of my family and friends, but this is a great opportunity for me to play in a great hockey town and take part in a playoff race. My goal is to win a championship.”
Conrad will get to play against his former team on Saturday when the Ramblers host the Lumberjacks on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Amherst Stadium.
The 5’11, 190-pound said he heard some talk about him going to Amherst during the day and is happy to be going to the bordertown.
“Amherst has a really hockey team. I’m really excited to go there,” Conrad said. “I always found Amherst the hardest team to play against. The last time I played there I lost my two front teeth.
Conrad, who spend two full seasons and part of a third in the QMJHL with the Gatineau Olympiques, had 14 goals and 18 assists in 27 games with Lumberjacks before being dealt to the Ramblers.
He knows what his role will be with his new hockey club.
“I’m hoping to contribute offensively, but I’m also a pretty good defensive player,” Conrad said. “Whatever Jim (Bottomley) asks me to do I’ll my best to do it.”
Conrad said he’s hoping to play university hockey next season and feels a long playoff run will give him some added exposure.