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DOGS COMPLETE TRADE WITH DRAKKAR

December 21, 2011

SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs have added a quality veteran to their protected list in a trade with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.

The Sea Dogs traded an 11th-round pick in the 2012 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft to Baie-Comeau in exchange for forward Danny Chiasson and a 12th-round pick in 2012.

The 19-year-old Edmundston, N.B., native is a veteran of two QMJHL seasons. He spent the first half of this season with the Dieppe Commandos of the Maritime League, leading the junior A team with 18 goals and 42 points in 32 games. The five-foot-11, 185-pounder has also recorded 53 penalty minutes with the Commandos.

“We are happy to add Danny to our organization. While he will continue his season with the Dieppe Commandos of the Maritime Hockey League, he will provide much needed depth as an affiliate player,” said Sea Dogs associate coach and director of hockey operations Mike Kelly.

Chiasson made his QMJHL debut with the Rimouski Oceanic in 2009-10, recording one assist in 15 games before being traded to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Chiasson scored his first QMJHL goal and added two assists in 26 games with the Titan, then followed up with the same 1-2-3 numbers over 21 games in the first half of last season. Chiasson was then traded, along with two draft picks, to Baie-Comeau in exchange for forward Marc-Olivier Mimar. He tallied five assists and 24 penalty minutes in 25 games with the Drakkar. In total, Chiasson has suited up for 87 QMJHL games.

Chiasson contracted mononucleosis last summer and got off to a slow start to the MHL season, going pointless in seven of his first eight games. He has been held off the scoresheet just four times in the 24 games since, racking up 39 points over that stretch.

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