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The Victoria Salmon Kings, proud affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose, announced that they have completed a trade with the Gwinnett Gladiators for forward Dirk Southern.

Southern joins the Salmon Kings in exchange for defenseman Aaron Brocklehurst who heads to Gwinnett.

"Dirk is a first line center who plays both ends of the ice," General Manager and Head Coach Mark Morrison said. "He has AHL experience and is a great addition to our team."

Southern is a Winnipeg, MB native who split his season between the Gladiators and Manitoba Moose during the 2008-09 season. The 25-year-old collected 14 goals and 32 assists for 46 points in 51 games in Gwinnett. While with the Moose he suited up for 17 games garnering four points (3g-1a). During the Kelly Cup playoffs he scored a goal and added an assist in five games.

The 6-1, 195lb Southern will be entering his fourth professional season. He began his professional career with the Augusta Lynx of the ECHL. For his pro career he has played in 152 games notching 32 goals and 61 assists for 93 points with 83 minutes in penalties.

Southern was drafted in the seventh round (#218 overall) by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Prior to turning pro he spent four years at Northern Michigan University with the Wildcats in the CCHA. During his time in Marquette, MI he played in a 149 games and collected 122 points (42g-80a). He was named to the All-Rookie team during the 2002-03 season and as a senior he was named the team's top forward. He also garnered CCHA Player of the Month honours during February of his junior year.

Brocklehurst was acquired by the Salmon Kings on February 10, 2009 from the Florida Everblades in return for Forward Milan Gajic. The Nanaimo, BC native played in 23 regular season games for Victoria notching nine points (2g-7a). He also appeared in nine playoff games accumulating two goals and three assists.

The second year pro will return to the ECHL's Southern Division where he began his professional career.

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