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Reign's Collins Traded to Florida; Weslosky, Gaudet Head to Ontario

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, announced that they have traded center Dusty Collins to the Florida Everblades in exchange for goaltender Jase Weslosky.  The Reign has received defenseman Craig Gaudet from the Alaska Aces in exchange for future considerations. Also, defenseman Jordan Hill has been loaned to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs.

Collins, 25, has appeared in 49 games with the Reign this season, recording 26 points (9g, 17a) and 70 penalty minutes.  Collins started the 2010-2011 season in San Antonio (AHL), recording 10 penalty minutes in seven games with the Rampage before joining the roster in Ontario.  The center spent the 2009-2010 season with Manitoba, scoring four points (2g, 2a) and collecting 93 penalty minutes in 70 games.  Collins also appeared in 24 games during the Reign’s inaugural season before finishing out the year with the Moose.

Weslosky, 22, started the 2010-2011 season with the Idaho Steelheads.  The goaltender, who hails from Edmonton, Alberta, appeared in 20 games with the Steelheads, recording a 2.94 goals-against average, a .910 save percentage, and a 7-6-3 record before being traded to the Florida Everblades on March 1.  Prior to going pro, Weslosky played three seasons (2006-2009) with St. Cloud State (WCHA), recording a 2.43 GAA, .920 save percentage, and 37-27-4 record in 72 games with the Huskies.

Gaudet, 25, started the 2010-2011 season with Alaska, recording three points (1g, 2a) and 16 penalty minutes in 19 games with the Aces.  Prior to going pro, the Redvers, Saskatchewan native spent four seasons (2006-2010) with St. Cloud State (WCHA), registering 16 points (5g, 11a) in 53 games with the Huskies.  Gaudet also appeared in 152 games with the Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL), recording 107 points (18g, 89a) and 142 penalty minutes in three seasons (2003-2006) with the club.

Hill, 21, started the 2010-2011 season in Manchester, appearing in five games with the club before joining the Reign on November 6.  The defenseman from Sarnia, Ontario, has recorded nine points (3g, 6a) and 26 penalty minutes in 28 games with the Reign this season.  Prior to going pro, Hill played with the Sarnia Sting (OHL) from 2007-2009, as well as part of the 2009-2010 season before being traded to the Saginaw Spirit where he finished out the year.  He wrapped up his junior career with 65 points (16g, 49a) and 171 penalty minutes in 201 regular season contests and three points (2g, 1a) and 12 penalty minutes in 18 playoff appearances.
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