NANAIMO — You have to go back to the summer of 2011 for the last time the Nanaimo Clippers made a blockbuster deal.
Back then the Fitzgerald triplets and Jesse Ursic left Nanaimo for Prince George in exchange for Trevor Fitzgerald, Josh Bryan, and Scott Milnthorp.
This week the Clippers have made a six player swap with their rivals from Cowichan Valley.
Coming to the Harbour City are Nicholas Wilson, Ethan Scardina, and Jonathan Stein.
In exchange the Clippers have sent David Melaragni, Lucas Vanroboys, and Preston Brodziak to Duncan.
All six players should play key roles on their new clubs and will undoubtedly heat up the Nanaimo versus Cowichan Valley rivalry.
Wilson has the most experience of any player in the deal with 112 junior a games under his belt.
He has 30 points in two seasons and posted career highs with ten goals and eight assists in 2017-18.
Trade reaction from Nic Wilson:
Nic Wilson scores in Nanaimo November 29, 2017
Ethan Scardina is the youngest player in the trade with a 2000 birthday.
The White Rock product the Capitals top rookie during the 17-18 season he also finished second in team goal scoring.
The 17-year-old scored 14 goals and added 12 assists in 48 games in Cowichan last year.
Speedy forward Jonathan Stein appeared in 42 games for the Caps last season and he joins the Clippers after posting seven goals and eight assists as a rookie.
Clippers coach Darren Naylor shares his thoughts on the deal:
The BCHL schedule should be released sometime in the next month and with former Clippers coach Mike Vandekamp behind the Capitals bench and the motivation this recent trade has instilled in the players involved, all eight head to head regular season matchups should be as good as it gets in the Island Division.
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