January 8, 2019
If it wasn’t clear before, it is now; the Prince Albert Raiders are going for it.
A six-piece trade between the Raiders and Victoria Royals has sent overage forward Dante Hannoun to northern Saskatchewan last Thursday.
Also headed to the Royals in the deal are fourth and eighth round selections in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. The fourth-round pick originally belonged to the Brandon Wheat Kings while the eighth round pick was originally property of the Raiders.
“We are excited to add a prolific scorer like Dante to an already potent lineup,” said Raiders General Manager Curtis Hunt. “Dante brings speed, character, and compliments the leadership we already have in the organization.
In return, the Royals have acquired overage forward Kody McDonald, 18-year-old forward Carson Miller, and a third-round selection in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.
Hannoun is a solid offensive get for the Raiders, who have led the WHL since the start of the year and entered 2019 as the CHL’s top-ranked team with a 34-3-0-1 record.
The 5-foot-6, 160-pound Delta, B.C. product was originally selected by the Royals with 11th overall pick at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, from the North Shore Winter Club.
Since then, Hannoun has appeared in 286 WHL regular season games, posting 248 points (98G-150A), including 35 power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and 15 game-winning goals.
This season, Hannoun has 36 points (19G-17A) in 28 games, including five power-play goals and four game-winning goals.
Hannoun recently recorded a four-goal game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes, the third hat trick of his WHL career. Hannoun has 15 multi-goal games in his WHL career, including four this season. Of his 28 games played this season, Hannoun has 10 multi-point games, giving him 67 in his WHL career.
Hannoun has also appeared in 32 WHL playoff games, posting 23 points (8G-15A), including three power-play goals and four game-winning goals.
“It is never an easy decision to trade a player who has been with your club since being drafted,” General Manager Cameron Hope said. “Dante has been a tremendous player and person for our organization.
“We thank him for all he has done for our franchise and wish him success in Prince Albert.”