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Portland Winter Hawks make two blockbuster trades in major roster shakeup

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Winter Hawks made a pair of blockbuster trades Thursday in hopes of snapping out of a season-long funk.

The Winter Hawks acquired defenceman Travis Ehrhardt and forwards Keith Voytechek and Jason Grecica from the Moose Jaw Warriors for blue-liner Ty Ariss and forward Frazer McLaren. Portland also picked up defencemen Ryan Kerr and Travis Bobbee and forwards Jacob and Nick Dietrich from the Lethbridge Hurricanes for forwards Colton Sceviour and Nick Hotson and defenceman Lucas Alexiuk.

The player movement comes as the Winter Hawks sit in the Western Hockey League basement with a 3-15-0 record.

"We have made a strong statement with a series of player personnel moves to change the chemistry of the team and to overhaul the hockey environment," Winter Hawks majority owner Jim Goldsmith said in a statement. "We believe the players acquired in these trades will personify the skill and character we are looking for on the ice."

Kerr, 18, is the most notable acquisition, sporting a reputation as one of the WHL's most rugged defenceman. The six-foot-two, 208-pounder has one assist and 30 penalty minutes in 18 games this season.

"He is a solid defenceman who brings a physical presence and maturity to Portland," said Winter Hawks general manager Ken Hodge.

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