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Battalion acquires Denault

NORTH BAY, Ont. — The North Bay Battalion has acquired right winger Chad Denault in a trade with the Peterborough Petes, the Ontario Hockey League club announced Wednesday.

North Bay sent a conditional 15th-round pick in the 2024 OHL Priority Selection to Peterborough for Denault, a 19-year-old resident of Iroquois Falls, Ont.

“He’s a big, strong two-way player, and we felt, with the youth of our team, he would bring some experience to enhance the development of our players,” said Stan Butler, director of hockey operations and head coach.

Peterborough selected Denault in the third round, 49th overall, in 2016 from the Sudbury Wolves minor midgets. In 23 games this season, he has scored two goals and earned four assists for six points with 11 penalty minutes. Starting with six games in 2016-17, he has played 152 OHL games, with 11 goals, 12 assists, 23 points and 94 PiM.

The acquisition of Denault, who stands more than six-foot-one and weighs 182 pounds, returns the Battalion’s active roster to 22, numbering 13 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders.

The Troops traded centre Matthew Struthers to the Owen Sound Attack on Monday for three OHL Priority Selection picks, a second-rounder in 2022, a third-rounder in 2023 and a sixth-rounder in 2024.

“Chad has been a tremendous member of the Petes family and the Peterborough community,” Mike Oke, the Petes’ general manager, told the club’s website. “In addition to be an excellent teammate, he has been a great ambassador for our team over the last four seasons.”

Oke said the trade should “allow Chad the opportunity to play in situations that may not have been available to him in Peterborough.”

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