Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs wheel and deal on day one of the winter trade period

The Lewiston Maineiacs wasted no time on the opening day of the QMJHL winter trading period as the team sent Alexis Piette and prospect Julien Houle to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens for Michal Hlinka and prospect Marc-Andre Carre.

“Hilinka has pro upside and needs a fresh start,” said Lewiston Maineiacs’ General Manager Roger Shannon. “(He’s) very skilled and someone we need up on our top two lines.

Hlinka, 18, has seven goals and eight assists in 29 games this season. In 41 games last season, he had 12 goals and 22 assists.

Maineiacs’ fans will have to wait before they see their new addition as Hlinka will be participating at the World Junior Championships with the Czech Republic.

Marc-Andre Carre is having an outstanding year with the La Ronge Ice Wolves of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League where he has 16 goals and 14 assists in 29 games.

Lewiston has had success finding talent in the SJHL.

“We hope is another Adrian Lemay find for us,” Shannon added. “Carre we’ve been watching very close, he is the number one rookie in the (SJHL).”

The trade brings Piette back to his home province.

“Alexis wanted to go home to Quebec and we felt good about trying to move him,” stated Shannon.

For Houle who’s having an outstanding year with Vaudreuil-Dorion of the Quebec AAA Junior Hockey League, he was a casualty of the numbers’ game.

“Julien we liked, but just have no room. (We) did not see (room becoming available with) our young players and so many picks in 2010.”

The trade period runs until January 7.

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