AMHERST, N.S. – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers have picked up a young forward in exchange for one of the club’s top picks last season.
The Rambler sent Joe Bouchard to the South Shore Lumberjacks Thursday for 18-year-old Stephen Fox and a conditional fourth-round pick.
Fox led the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League in scoring last year as a member of the Cape Breton West Islanders with 71 points in 36 games, being named league MVP.
He was a member of the national Telus Cup-winning Islanders’ club the previous season.
“We were informed yesterday that Joe wanted to play closer to Halifax and that he wouldn’t be coming to Amherst this season,” Ramblers coach and GM Jeff LeBlanc said. “South Shore was in the same situation with Fox as he wanted to attend a business university. Looking at this trade both teams win. They get a player that will report to them that is very good and we get a player that’s only 10 minutes away from one of the best business schools in the country. Everyone wins.”
Leblanc said Fox winning a national championship shows he knows what it takes to win.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things from his coaches and teammates. We are excited to see what he can do at the next level,” LeBlanc said.