Steger Goes to the Kootenays

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Storm have made another big trade, this time they sent 20 year old D-man, Austin Steger, to the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL. In return, Campbell River acquired defenceman Max Daerendinger (pronounced ‘Darren-dinger’) and the Junior ‘B rights to another backliner Austin Anselmo (pronounced ‘Ann-sell-moe’).

Daerendinger (1998 born) played 37 games with the Leafs last season. He had 17 points, including 2 goals and 15 assists in his rookie season. He played his Midget hockey with the Burnaby Winter Club of the CSSHL.

Storm fans should expect a strong 2-way D-man with strong power play abilities,” said the 6’2”, 185 pounder from Vancouver. He added, “I’ve only heard good things come out of the Campbell River program so naturally I’m very excited for the new experience.”

Also included in the deal are the rights to Anselmo, who finished last season with the BCHL Surrey Eagles. He played 26 games with the Leafs and accumulated 19 points.

General Manager and Head Coach, Lee Stone, was thrilled about acquiring the rights to the two Leaf defencemen, “We believe both are top pairing defencemen in Junior B. Max will push for a Junior A spot and Austin (Anselmo) is already in the league so there is great risk for us here. There’s no question that these two additions strengthen out backend.”

Since coming to the Storm last November, in 26 regular and post-season games, Steger picked up 20 points. This will be his second stint in the KIJHL; he played 58 games with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats over two seasons.

Stone was very complimentary of his former defenceman thanking Steger for his contribution to the team, “After injuring his ankle he did everything he could to get back into the lineup to help the team to a Bronze medal in Victoria. Best of luck, Steegs!”

The Storm regular season opens September 2 against the Oceanside Generals at the ‘Brindy’.

Submitted by Mark Berry