Thursday, February 2, 2012

Ice deal captain to Waterloo

Alex Barron, the Indiana Ice's captain, was dealt to the Waterloo Black Hawks today in exchange for two defensemen -- Trevor Owens and Peter Hand.

Both players are USHL vets -- Owens is in his second year, Hand his third.

Owens had two goals and five assists in 28 games, and stands 6-foot, 205 pounds. A 1993 birth-year player, he has a year of USHL eligbility remaining after this season. He also played 30 games for Waterloo last season and has three goals and six assists in his career. He is a plus-6 this year, and one of his two goals came on the power play. He has 33 PIMs in those 28 games. A native of Raleigh, N.C., he will wear No. 8 with the Ice.

Hand has skated in 126 USHL games with Chicago and Waterloo and has been one of the league's tough guys. He has two goals, 12 assists and 353 PIMs in his career. This season, he has five assists and led the Black Hawks with 69 PIMs. He was a minus-4. He stands 5-10, 185, and is a native of Schenectady, N.Y. He will wear No. 5 with the Ice. He is also a 1993 birth-year player, and therefore would have more USHL eligibility remaining.

Barron had three goals and 12 assists for the Ice in 36 games. He was a plus-17, and a plus-41 for his career. He has 3 goals and 26 assists in 87 USHL games, all with the Ice. He is in his final year of USHL eligibility and has committed to play at Quinnipiac University.

This is the fourth trade the Ice have pulled off this year mid-season with another USHL team -- acquiring Ryan Cole from Lincoln (who has since been dealt to the NAHL), swapping Cody Bradley to Dubuque for John Doherty, trading Alexander Kuqali to Sioux Falls in exchange for Jose Delgadillo and now the Barron for Owens/Hand deal.

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