Tuesday, March 29, 2011
ATKINSON AND MICHELLE EXPRESS BOUND
The trade last December that sent Brad Reid to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks has now been completed.
Clinton Atkinson D (91) and Cody Michelle FW (92) are coming to the Express as the future considerations to finalize the trade.
Atkinson will be entering his 20 year old season next year. He had a fine season last year finishing third among all BCHL defencemen with 48 points. Plus, his 45 assists were second among defencemen trailing only Coastal Conference MVP Joey Laleggia who was the top play maker in the BCHL with 62 helpers. In 105 career BCHL games, Atkinson has 5 goals and 50 assists for 55 points.
Express Head Coach Jon Calvano is familiar Atkinson having coached him with the Vancouver North West Giants in 06-07.
In his first season in the BCHL, Michelle had 11 goals and 28 points in 56 games. He brings some decent size 6' 173lbs and grit to the Express lineup. Prior to coming to Salmon Arm he played with the Prince Albert Mintos of the Saskatchewan Midget League.
Michelle captained Team Saskatchewan to a gold medal in the Aboriginal Midget Championships in 2010. He teamed up with Interior Conference Rookie of the year Bryce Gervais and Taylor Fauchoux for 46 points in that tournament.