The Surrey Eagles announced a big move on Monday acquiring defenseman Kodi Schwarz from the Olds Grizzlys in exchange for centre Cole Plotnikoff and future considerations.
Schwarz, an Aldergrove native, was named the Alberta Junior Hockey League Rookie of the Year last year after scoring seven goals and adding 31 assists for 38 points in 56 games with the Grizzlys. Schwarz is glad to be heading closer to home to finish out his Junior A career. “I am really excited about playing in Surrey this year and spending my 20 year [ old season] closer to home while trying to get a NCAA scholarship.”
In Plotnikoff, the Eagles are losing a forward who had 11 goals last season and 18 points in 41 games with the Eagles. However, the blue line was a weakness for the Eagles and Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Blaine Neufeld believes they significantly improved that position today. “We filled a big spot on our back-end today, it was a very difficult to acquire such a high end d-man and feel fortunate that we have done so. We think Kodi is a very special player and can be a cornerstone in what we will do this year.” Neufeld also says moving Cole was tough to do “Cole is a great boy and hockey player, we wish him the best this coming year and know he will be a Division 1 player.”
The Eagles will start off their 25th season at home on September 4th against Chilliwack.