When word broke last week that Dylan Chanter decided to leave the Dubuque Fighting Saints to return to the BCHL, one of the main questions was whether or not he would return to Merritt, which held his Canadian Junior A rights.
That question was answered yesterday when it was announced that Vernon had acquired the rights to the 19-year-old from the Centennials in exchange for 20-year-old defenceman Jason Bird and future considerations.
For Chanter, who left the USHL to play closer to home, he now gets to play as close to home as is possible in the BCHL, with Vernon just 20 minutes from his hometown of Armstrong.
Meanwhile, Bird should be a very solid addition to the Cents blueline going into the stretch drive.
To Vernon Vipers:
D Dylan Chanter (95)
To Merritt Centennials:
D Jason Bird (93)
+ Future Considerations
Here’s the release from the Vipers:
The Vernon Vipers have traded 20 year old defenceman Jason Bird and future considerations to the Merritt Centennials in exchange for the CJHL playing rights of 18 year old defenceman Dylan Chanter.
The Vipers must now complete a deal with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL where Chanter had been playing this season before he can officially join his new team.
Chanter who is from nearby Armstrong BC had spent the last two seasons in the BCHL with Merritt prior to joining Dubuque. The 6’3 215 pound rearguard has secured a scholarship to the University of New Hampshire for next season.
Bird will join his third BCHL team after also spending time in Coquitlam. The veteran defenceman was enjoying a great offensive season with 5 goals and 18 assists in 35 games.
The Vipers would like to welcome Dylan to the hockey club and thank Jason for his contributions and wish him the best of luck in the future.
For more information please call the Viper office at 250-542-6022.
BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
03-Jan-14: Vernon trades D Jason Bird (93) and future considerations to Merritt for D Dylan Chanter (95)
03-Jan-14: Coquitlam acquires F Brendan Lamont (94) from Penticton for F Mike Rebry (93).
10-Dec-13: Cowichan Valley acquires F Alexis Guilbault (95) from Cégep de St-Hyacinthe for future considerations.
10-Dec-13: Cowichan Valley trades F Ambrose Firkus (94) to Okotoks for F Taylor Allan (95) and future considerations.
01-Dec-13: Cowichan Valley trades D Taki Pantziris (93) to West Kelowna for F Ambrose Firkus (94).
01-Dec-13: Penticton trades D Matthew Berry-Lamontagna (93), D Clint Filbrandt (95) and future considerations to Cowichan Valley for F Steen Cooper (95).
01-Dec-13: Coquitlam trades D Matthew Berry-Lamontagna (93) to Penticton for future considerations.
Trades Made: 7
Trades Made Within BCHL: 5
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 2
Future Considerations: 5