IceDogs beef up blueline
Defenceman Adrien Beraldo, seen here as a member of the Peterborough Petes, was acquired by the Niagara IceDogs from the Kingston Frontenacs Wednesday. File photo: OHL IMAGES
The Niagara IceDogs added some depth to their blueline picking up defenceman Adrien Beraldo from the Kingston Frontenacs in exchange for a 13th-round selection in the 2021 Ontario Hockey League draft.
“Adrien will help stabilize our young defensive core,” IceDogs general manager Joey Burke said. “He brings veteran character and leadership, grit and toughness to our young, developing team.
“He has a big shot from the point, that we can utilize. I am excited to see his impact immediately on our backend.”
Beraldo has no points in five games this season with the Frontenacs, but put up eight goals and 13 points in 33 games last season. In 119 games, he has 24 points.
The 19-year-old Stoney Creek native began his junior career with the Ancaster Avalanche of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Beraldo, a former fifth-round selection by Peterborough in 2016, has split his three-year OHL career between the Petes and Frontenacs.
Beraldo’s arrival comes at a time when the IceDogs are thin on the blueline with rookie Isaac Enright away at the U17 World Hockey Challenge and over-ager Elijah Roberts injured. The IceDogs last week dealt defenceman Drew Hunter to Erie, just before Roberts was injured. The club was forced to use forwards Akil Thomas and Ivan Lodnia on defence Sunday in Erie.
The IceDogs are in Sudbury Friday and Hamilton Sunday afternoon.
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