The Royals shored up their back line today, shipping forward Jared Dmitriw to the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for defenseman Jared Freadrich.
They’ve also added former NHL goaltender, Dwayne Roloson, as a consulting coach.
Roloson brings a wealth of NHL experience
Dwayne Roloson is remembered best for backstopping the Edmonton Oilers to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, but more recently was the assistant coach for the Shawnigan Lake School Midget Varsity and Bantam Prep teams.
From 2013-2016, he was a goaltending consultant to the Anaheim Ducks, helping them to the William M. Jennings trophy, awarded to the goalie tandem that allowed the least goals in the league.
The 47-year old played 14 years in the NHL with 6 different clubs, including the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabres, and New York Islanders.
Jared Freadrich fills need on blueline
With Ryan Gagnon graduating from his WHL career, Marsel Ibragimov moving on, and the looming possibility Chaz Reddekop turns pro, the Royals needed some veteran experience on the blueline.
Freadrich will come in as one of the team’s older defenseman. He tallied 31 points in 67 games last year, and at 5’11”, plays a puck moving game.
Jared Dmitriw, though, played a game fans could appreciate easily, never short on hard work. But as the saying goes, you have to give up quality to get it.
“We would like to thank Jared for his hard work and dedication to the Royals’ organization over these past three seasons,” President & General Manager Cameron Hope said. “Saying goodbye to Jared is especially difficult. He has been a Royal since he was sixteen, and he and his family have been a part of this team since we drafted him. We wish him every success in the future.”