Kimberley Dynamiters

Kimberley Dynamiters

KIJHL: Nitros deal Lane to Langley, sign rugged defenceman Bertoia

The Kimberley Dynamiters have traded F Lincoln Lane (1996) to the Langley Knights and signed D George Bertoia (1998)

The Kimberley Dynamiters have traded forward Lincoln Lane (1996) to the Langley Knights of the Pacific Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations.

Nitros GM Mike Reid announced the deal Tuesday.

“When we acquired Lincoln last year, there were some high expectations,” Reid said.

“It wasn’t a good fit for him [in Kimberley] or for us. He wanted to get closer to home.”

Lane split last season between the Grand Forks Border Bruins and the Dynamiters.

In 29 games with the Border Bruins, the native of Surrey, B.C., posted seven goals and 29 points. After arriving in Kimberley, Lane continued his point-per-game pace with 17 points in 17 regular season games, but managed to net only one assist in 20 playoff games as the Nitros claimed the KIJHL title.

In addition to the trading of Lane, Reid also announced the signing of 6-foot-2, 185-pound blue-liner George Bertoia (1998).

“With the subtraction of Tyler Kinnon, we needed some more grit on the blue-line,” Reid said. “[Bertoia] is only 17, but he plays an aggressive style, which is good.”

Bertoia, a native of Taber, Alta., had been at Junior A camp with the Drumheller Dragons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), but is expected to be in Kimberley for Nitros camp this coming weekend.

The Kimberley Dynamiters open training camp Friday, Sept. 4, with scrimmages beginning Saturday, Sept. 5 at 9 a.m.

Notes: A handful of Nitros won’t be in camp as they attend a variety of Junior A camps. F Sawyer Hunt (1997) & D Jonas Gordon (1996) are with the AJHL’s Canmore Eagles, while F Keenan Haase (1996) is with the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.