The Spruce Kings have added a big, strong, veteran defenceman to their back end.
The team announced today that they have acquired 1997-born defenceman Nick Sutter from the Drayton Valley Thunder (AJHL) in exchange for 1998-born defenceman Sam De Melo.
The 6’2” 210 pound Sutter is from Spruce Grove, Alberta, and put up four goals and 10 assists in 44 games last season.
“We’re excited to add Nick to our team. He’s a big strong veteran defenceman who will provide leadership on and off the ice, and will be looked upon to be a steadying influence on our back end. A lot of our success last season started from our veteran defencemen. By adding Nick, we are closer to having our group of D-men where we want it to be,” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes in a statement. “We would also like to thank Sam for his time with our team. Sam is a great person and player, and he will be missed by our group.”
De Melo was acquired last off-season in a trade from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. In his first year with the Spruce Kings, the Kelowna native had two goals and 10 assists in 52 games.