The Summerland Steam Junior Hockey Club announced Thursday the acquisition of ’99 born forward Cory Loring from the Grand Forks Border Bruins. The trade is not the first this season for Loring, who was traded by the Chase Heat to the Border Bruins in December in exchange for Brady Marzocco.
Loring, an 18-year old forward from Williams Lake, BC, joins Summerland with 66 games of KIJHL experience under his belt, split between the Castlegar Rebels, Chase Heat and Grand Forks Border Bruins over the past two seasons. This season, he’s amassed 9 goals and 29 points on 34 games, including three points in four games with the Border Bruins since his acquisition in early December.
Regarding the acquisition of Cory Loring, Steam GM Mike Rigby had this to say:
“Cory will bring a lot to our hockey club. He competes hard, he’s a big body that we feel will mesh well with our forward group, and he’ll provide a little ‘bite’ if you will to our forecheck. We look forward to having him, though we had to give up a very good hockey player to get him.”
That very good hockey player that Rigby speaks of is Riley Smoler, who moves to the Kootenay Conference and the Neil Murdoch Division’s 4th place Border Bruins. He’ll join a Border Bruins team who battles with the Spokane Braves for the final playoff spot in the division, and likely has the task of staring down the league leading Castlegar Rebels in the first round of the KIJHL Playoffs. The Rebels have won fourteen games in a row, propelling them to first place in the division and the conference, based in win percentage.
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Smoler, an 18-year old from Whitehorse, YT, has 10 goals and 25 points in his Rookie season in the KIJHL. He has a nose for the net and a knack for having the puck on his stick, and should help the Border Bruins in the offensive department.
“We’re sad to see Riley go,” Said Rigby, “He’s a great hockey player with a lot of talent, and we wish him all the best as he moves on to Grand Forks. On behalf of the Summerland Steam organization, we’d like to thank Riley for his time and efforts both on the ice and in the community over the past several months.”
Loring will wear number 11 upon his arrival in Summerland, and should be ready for action when the team hosts the Princeton Posse at the SOEC in Penticton on Thursday night.