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SAINT JOHN, December 19, 2006 - The Saint John Sea Dogs continue to be active during the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) trading period which opened Monday (Dec. 18).

In their latest move, the Sea Dogs have sent centre Felix Schütz, 19, to the Val-d'Or Foreurs. In return, the Sea Dogs have received 18-year-old left wing Bruno Desjardins and 17-year-old centre Alexandre Leduc from Val-d'Or.

Jacques Beaulieu, Sea Dogs head coach and interim general manager, said the organization was reluctant to trade Schütz, who was taken 41st overall by Saint John in the 2005 Canadian Hockey League import draft.

"We're obviously loosing a bit of history, with Felix being our first player drafted by an NHL team (Buffalo Sabres)," said Beaulieu. "However, the fact is he would only have been with us for another three months. These two, younger players, will help us build a foundation for the future."

Desjardins was selected by Val-D'or in the third round (40th overall) of the 2005 QMJHL entry draft. The six-foot, 214 pound native of St-Jérôme, QC, had four goals and seven assists in 18 games this year with the Foreurs.

Leduc was Val-D'or's third round (38th overall) pick in the 2006 draft. A native of LaSalle, QC, the five-foot-eleven, 175 pound rookie has two goals in 25 games this season.

"We're hearing great reports about Leduc," said Beaulieu. "He put up good numbers last year in Midget AAA in Quebec. Desjardin is another big, skilled guy who will add further size up front."

On Monday, the Sea Dogs acquired goaltender Travis Fullerton from the Lewiston MAINEiacs and forwards Keven Guérette-Charland and Kyle Kelly from the Victoriaville Tigres.

The Sea Dogs are currently on their Christmas break. They will return to play on Dec. 27 when they meet the Halifax Mooseheads at the Metro Centre. Their next home game is Dec. 30 when the Lewiston MAINEiacs will visit Harbour Station in a 7 p.m. contest.
 
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