The Sea Dogs announced today that they have acquired defenseman Gareth Nicholson from the Moncton Wildcats in exchange for d-man Jeremy Doucet.
Nicholson, 19, has spent the last two seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. A sixth-round pick of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft, Nicholson registered a goal and six assists in 54 games in his rookie season. Last year, the Kentville native was held pointless in 20 games with the Eagles. He was dealt to the Wildcats during the holiday trading period where he posted a goal and an assist in 19 contests.
"Gareth is a strong, solid, stay-at-home defender who will come to camp and push for a spot,” said Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young in a press release. “He provides us with depth through our back end. As well, he will be one of the best conditioned student-athletes in our camp, something of an example for all our young players."
Nicholson is listed at 6'0", 206 lbs.
Doucet, who will soon turn 19, has spent the past one-and-a-half seasons with Saint John. In 74 career games with the Sea Dogs, the Dieppe native registered a goal and nine assists.
"Jeremy Doucet has played well for the Sea Dogs over the past year-and-a-half, but he informed us about two weeks ago that he intended to play Junior A in Dieppe," said Young.
Sea Dogs training camp begins next Monday.