The Saint John Sea Dogs have acquired a 1st round draft pick in the 2020 QMJHL Entry Draft from the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in exchange for goaltender Alex D’Orio. Saint John also receives a 12th round pick in the 2019 draft.
Alex D’Orio was drafted to the Sea Dogs 9th overall in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft. The native of Sherbooke, QC played the better part of three seasons with the Sea Dogs and made a Memorial Cup appearance as part of the 2017 President Cup Champion Sea Dogs. The 19-year-old was the last remaining player from the 2016-17 Sea Dogs roster.
In 98 games with Saint John Alex posted a 3.71 GAA and 0.893 save percentage.
“This trade is about two things: it is firstly about treating Alex with the respect that he has earned here as a Sea Dog and secondly, it is about setting ourselves up with important pieces for the future” said Sea Dogs President & General Manager, Trevor Georgie. “Alex is a first class young man and a Sea Dog at heart, but ultimately he wanted an opportunity to reach the Memorial Cup again. For us, we added another first round pick to our tool box. They are extremely valuable and hard to come by. We expect the player that we select with that pick to be in our lineup when we are ready to compete for another Championship in a few years.”
With this trade, the Sea Dogs now hold six first round selections in the next three QMJHL Entry Drafts (one in 2019, three in in 2020, and two in 2021).
After going undrafted in his first year of eligibility for the 2017 NHL Draft, Alex was invited to attend training camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins and was later signed to a contract with the NHL club.
“He’s a first-class human-being, he’s an outstanding teammate that carries and conducts himself like a pro – and he’s going to be a heck of a pro,” said head coach Josh Dixon. “He’s been our MVP as long as I’ve been here.”
D’Orio will join a Baie-Comeau team poised to make a deep run in this year’s playoffs. The Drakkar currently sit fourth overall in league standings.
“It’s going to be a good opportunity for me to go (to Baie-Comeau) to achieve something with the team. We have a strong team and I’m sure we can make a push to the final and hopefully get another President Cup. Saint John was my second home, I’ve been here for three years and won a cup. I came here a young kid and leave a man.”
The Saint John Sea Dogs would like to thank Alex for his time in the Port City and for all of the countless contributions he made to the team, the city and our fans. We would like to wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.