SAINT JOHN – The Sea Dogs have traded goaltender Blade Mann-Dixon to the Moncton Wildcats in exchange for a 10th-round draft pick in 2017.
It was announced earlier today that Mann-Dixon had been loaned to the Wildcats. He is now officially a member of the team.
“It is a great opportunity for me to be able to come to Moncton,” Mann-Dixon said in a Wildcats news release. “I am really looking forward to joining the team, and am excited to get on the ice for training camp.”
The 18-year-old, who has one of the best names in league history, was an 11th-round pick of Saint John in the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft. He spent part of the 2014-15 season’s first half with the Dogs, appearing in three games and posting a 2-1 record to go along with a 3.82 goals against average and a .878 save percentage.
Mann-Dixon has posted solid numbers in the Maritime Junior ‘A’ Hockey League with the Valley Wildcats. Last season he went 12-2-2 with a 2.40 GAA and .925 SV% in 16 regular season games. He was an MHL first team all-star last year and the league’s rookie of the year in 2013-14.
The Antigonish native was in tough to make this year’s Sea Dogs team with the likes of Marc-Antoine Turcotte, Alex Bishop and Alex D’Orio competing for spots. There's also no doubt that his size – 5’7” and 143 lbs – is a concern at this level.
The addition of Mann-Dixon gives the Wildcats 11 goaltenders on their training camp roster. That’s a lot of goalies.
The Sea Dogs and Wildcats meet three times this pre-season. Their first meeting will be on Saturday, Aug. 22 at Harbour Station.
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