The Bell Dings on Another Storm Deal

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Campbell River Storm have completed a deal with the PJHL Ridge Meadow Flames that will see Max Daerendinger head back to the Mainland. Coming to the Island in exchange, are forwards Ryan MacDonald and Alex Furlan. All three players are 1998 born.

Daerendinger, from Vancouver, was acquired by the Storm at the beginning of the 2016-2017 season from the KIJHL Nelson Leafs. He demonstrated from the start of the season that he could score with his terrific shot but it was his defensive game that developed and by the VIJHL Championship series, he was a top 2 D-man.

General Manager/Head Coach Lee Stone was impressed by the backliner. “What can I say about Max? He totally bought in, worked his butt off and became a defensive stalwart for us during our deep playoff run. Although Max was a mainstay for us on the blue line offensively, particularly on the Power Play with his very heavy and accurate shot… Max’s most impressive work was being matched up against both Nanaimo and Victoria’s top lines in the playoffs. We will miss Max dearly and wish him the very best of luck as he works towards Junior A.”

Daerendinger, at 6’ 2” 205 pounds, accumulated 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists) in 41 games with the Storm. He was also an affiliate player with the BCHL Victoria Grizzlies where he looked comfortable in the 5 games he played.

Stone scouted the Ridge Meadow Flames during the PJHL playoffs and was impressed by the two newest Storm players, “We are thrilled to add two veteran forwards in RMac and Alex. As soon as this trade came up I knew these were the players we wanted.”

Alex Furlan, from Cultus Lake BC, played two seasons with the Ridge Meadow Flames. Last year, the 5’ 9” 165 pound forward tallied 21 points (12 goals, 9 assists) in 38 games. According to Stone, “Alex is a feisty player that plays with grit and is frustrating to play against. He has a very quick and accurate release which we think should benefit us offensively.”

Ryan MacDonald, from Port Coquitlam, accounted for 19 points in his 44 games last season with the Flames. The Storm GM likes MacDonald’s style, “RMac is a smart 200 foot player that builds his game around speed. We believe he will take a step up offensively this season in our up-tempo system.”

The Campbell River Storm are expected to announce more player transactions to replace alum that are heading off to college or making the jump to Junior A. The team is committed to making a fourth consecutive appearance at the Cyclone Taylor Cup next April.