Troops land Henderson

NORTH BAY, Ont. — The North Bay Battalion has acquired right winger Jake Henderson in a trade with the Kitchener Rangers, the Ontario Hockey League club announced Tuesday.

The Battalion received Henderson and a 10th-round pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection in exchange for an eighth-round pick in 2019.

Henderson, a six-foot-three, 209-pound right shot, returns the Battalion’s overage complement to the maximum three after the trade of centre Brett McKenzie to the Owen Sound Attack last Wednesday. Other overagers are defencemen Riley Bruce and Jesse Saban.

Henderson, a resident of St. Louis, has six goals and 14 assists for 20 points with 18 penalty minutes in 40 games this season.

He was a ninth-round pick by Kitchener in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. In 162 games over two-plus seasons, he has scored 20 goals and earned 41 assists for 61 points with 104 PiM. In 10 playoff games over the last two years, he had one assist and 17 PiM.

“He brings a big-body presence,” Stan Butler, the Battalion’s director of hockey operations and head coach, said of Henderson. “He’s a good penalty killer and a really good team man.”

General manager Mike McKenzie of the Rangers said via the club’s website: “Jake has been a heart and soul player for us and will be missed in Kitchener on and off the ice. The travelling Hendo Fan Club will also be missed at road games, and the team appreciates the support they have shown us throughout the years. We wish Jake best of luck in North Bay.”

The OHL trade deadline for overagers was noon Tuesday, with the deadline for all others at noon Wednesday.

The Henderson trade was the Battalion’s third in seven days, starting with the acquisition of centre Matthew Struthers, a 14th-round pick this year and a second-rounder in 2020 from Owen Sound for McKenzie. On Saturday, the Troops dealt Cam Dineen to the Sarnia Sting for fellow defenceman Braden Henderson, five OHL Priority Selection picks from 2019 to 2022 and two conditional picks, in 2024 and 2025.

The Hendersons are not related.

The Battalion also announced that right winger Alex Robert cleared OHL waivers and has been released. He had no points in 30 games this season after scoring one goal in six games in 2016-17. Robert, 18, was a 10th-round selection in 2016 from the Cumberland Grads major midgets.

In addition, defenceman Eric Allair, 18, has been reassigned to the affiliated Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

The Battalion roster now stands at 23, numbering 14 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders.

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