The Cranbrook Bucks announced on Tuesday that they’ve traded forward Ethan Sundar to the Vernon Vipers in exchange for forward Will Blackburn and future considerations.
Blackburn is a 2003-born product of Dorval, QC, and is in his first BC Hockey League season. He was held pointless and limited to just 12 games with the Vipers this season due to injury.
Over the previous two years, Blackburn totalled 18 goals and 25 assists for 43 points in 38 games with Kimball Union Academy of the United States High School Prep league.
Blackburn also spent time last season playing 18U AAA with the GBL Bruins, collecting 14 goals and 15 helpers for 29 points in 20 contests.
Sundar, a 2003-born native of St. Albert, AB, scored two goals and added eight assists for 10 points in 17 games with Cranbrook this season.
He was acquired by the Bucks in a preseason trade with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Bonnyville Pontiacs, where he tallied 18 goals, 26 assists, and 44 points in 89 games over three seasons from 2019-2022.
Blackburn coming to Cranbrook in this transaction continues a trade-tree involving the Bucks first-ever recruited player.
After making him the team’s original recruit in January of 2020, Cranbrook traded 2002-born forward Noah Leibl to the Victoria Grizzlies last December for 2003-born defender Declan Ride.
Ride was then dealt to Bonnyville in the preseason transaction that brought Sundar to the Bucks.
The most recent move that brings Blackburn to Cranbrook means the team has now turned its first-ever recruit into three additional players as well.
It won’t take long for Blackburn and Sundar to get acquainted with their new teams and see their old teams, as the Bucks will be in Vernon to take on the Vipers this upcoming Friday night.