I first Tweeted about this deal on Thursday night, but the Coquitlam Express and Surrey Eagles have combined on arguably the biggest trade through the first quarter of the 2012-13 BCHL season.
The Eagles send captain Brandon Morley (94) to the Express in exchange for veteran forward Brady Shaw (92) in a one-for-one swap.
This looks to me like a pure “hockey deal” that ultimately could work out well for everyone involved – teams and players.
The trade hasn’t been reported under “Transactions” on the BCHL website, but Morley is on Coquitlam’s roster while Shaw is now on Surrey’s roster. Both teams have confirmed the trade as well, either on their websites or social media, or both.
It breaks down like this:
To Surrey Eagles:
F Brady Shaw (92)
To Coquitlam Express:
F Brandon Morley (94)
Here’s the release from the Eagles:
For immediate release: October 19, 2012
The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club announced on Friday that the team has traded Brandon Morley (94) to the Coquitlam Express in exchange for forward Brady Shaw (92).
Morley spent the last two seasons with the Eagles, playing alongside his older brother Tyler. In 2010-2011, Morley was named the team’s rookie of the year, and in 2011-2012, he put up 47 points in 49 games, helping the Eagles to a spot in the Coastal Conference final.
“The Eagles would like to thank Brandon for all that he’s given to our program,” said Head Coach and General Manager Matt Erhart. “He’s a hard worker and a mature young man that has a bright future ahead of him. Coquitlam is getting a quality individual.”
Shaw joins the Eagles after a strong start to the season in Coquitlam where he scored six goals and three assists in 12 games. The 20-year-old is in his second BCHL season after finishing second on the Express in goals with 33 last year. Shaw, who hails from Ottawa, is also the son of former NHLer and current St. Louis Blues assistant coach Brad Shaw.
“The Eagles are very excited to acquire a proven goal scorer like Brady,” said Erhart. “He possesses a great release and has always been dangerous against us. We expect him to provide an immediate offensive threat for our hockey club.”
Here’s the release from the Express on Eddie Gregory’s Coquitlam Expressions blog:
The Coquitlam Express and Surrey Eagles have teamed up for one of the biggest trades so far this BCHL season.
The Express sent 20 year old power forward Brady Shaw (92) to the Surrey Eagles in exchange for their captain Brandon Morley (94).
There may be a difference in size between the two players with Shaw standing at 6’2 200lbs, and Morley at 5’9 160lbs. But the one thing they both have in common is a physical game.
The Express are getting a veteran of 2 BCHL seasons with the Eagles in Morley. He has 5 assists in 11 games so far this season. Last year he produced at better than a point per game clip with 14 goals and 49 points in 47 games.
Brandon has developed a reputation in his first two seasons in the league as a very difficult player to play against with his in your face style. He certainly is one of those players you would rather have on your team than to be playing against him.
Last year he was linemates with current Express forward Alexander Kerfoot as they helped Team Canada West win the gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge in Langley.
Before entering the BCHL, Morley played with the Northwest Giants of the BC Major Midget League where he was coached by current Express Head Coach and GM Jon Calvano.
The Express acquired Shaw early last season. He went on to score 33 goals and 69 points in 57 games with the Express. This season he had 6 goals and 9 points in 12 games.
The Express would like to welcome Brandon to the organization and wish Brady all the best with the Eagles.