Norsemen Acquire Local Junior Star Bozakby Matt MacInnis | February 7, 2018, 2:16 PM ET
For almost two months there had been rumours that Norsemen GM MacInnis was looking to add a top-six centre to his club. On Tuesday afternoon, the team pulled the trigger on another trade with the Dublin Shamrocks.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for Bozak, who played his Junior A hockey in Victoria for the BCHL’s Victoria Salsa/Grizzlies (they changed their name while he was with the team). Coincidentally, Bozak and current Norsemen leading scorer were teammates for the 2006-07 season, a formative year for Benn which resulted in him being personally scouted by GM MacInnis and pushed up the franchise’s draft board. The two are expected to play the next few games together in an effort to rekindle their chemistry before Sidney Crosby returns from his latest injury.
“Bozak was having a really good season on a struggling team, and we’re hopeful he’ll be able to keep his momentum going alongside some talented players on our roster,” said GM MacInnis. “He’s probably a one-season player with us, but we like our team right now and wanted to put the guys in a position to succeed.”
Bozak is currently expected to be the team’s top centre, but the lineup will adjust significantly after Crosby’s return.
“We’ll see what’s working,” said Head Coach Chris Pronger. “We’ll have the option of lining up three great centres down the middle with Sid, Bozak and Henrique, or we can shift Adam to win and really stack our top six. We have a lot more flexibility and opportunity to find desirable match-ups now.”
Lindberg’s stint with the Norsemen ends after spending parts of three seasons with the team. Acquired in 2014-15 in a deadline deal with the Ottawa Slammers (alongside William Karlsson and a 2nd round pick), Lindberg had appeared in 36 of the team’s 43 games prior to the trade.
The Norsemen now have just six picks in the 2018 SICHL Entry Draft, including two first rounders.