Storm Complete Deal with Creston

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Campbell River Storm and Creston Valley Thunder Cats Junior hockey clubs have completed a trade involving two skilled players.

Heading to the KIJHL is 1998 born forward Zach Erhardt. In return, the Storm will receive the services of 20 year old Jonathan Lee.

Lee is a three year KI vet, having played his first two years in Kelowna with the Chiefs before moving to Creston Valley last season. In 143 Junior games, the speedy forward has racked up 37 goals, 73 assists and 240 penalty minutes.

Campbell River General Manager, Lee Stone, was impressed by what he saw in Lee at the Cyclone Taylor Cup, “Creston had too many 97s coming back and they had some difficult decisions to make. He’s a 20 year old that normally wouldn’t be available but obviously with so many 20s, it was a move they had to make. Jonny plays so hard and with us he’ll get an opportunity to play in an offensive role and get back to being that point per game guy he was in his first two seasons.”

The 5’ 7”, 150 pound Lee wasn’t completely surprised by the trade, “I was a little sad to go from Creston but there were too many 20 year olds so I wasn’t too surprised. I’m very excited about this trade, going to Campbell River and meeting the guys. It’ll be a great experience.” The young man from Vancouver, who describes himself as a grinder that likes to feed the slot, has one goal, “Going back to Cyclone and winning it all.”

In his rookie year, Zach Erhardt saved his best hockey for down the stretch and into the playoffs. In the first round against Peninsula he averaged 2 points per game and on March 14th against the Buccaneers, in Game 5, he put together a first star performance, 4 points.

Stone admits it wasn’t easy making the move, “Anytime you trade a guy who was a warrior for you and wins a championship with you, it’s very difficult. Zach is a guy who is dead set on playing Junior ‘A next year. We think he can play at that level. Jeff (Dubois – Creston Valley Head Coach) was very interested in Zach and with the addition of Jonny we make our team better on the risk that Zach plays ‘A.” He concluded, “We’d like to thank Zach for his time in Campbell River.”