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Pirates bolster roster at deadline

Burdick, Wallwork, Bunnett

The Picton Pirates were busy bolstering their line-up at the January 10th deadline adding three significant players to their roster.
Picton acquired 6-foot, 180-lb forward Dylan Burdick from the Kemptville 73’s Jr. A hockey club.  Burdick is another member and product of the successful 93’ Quinte Red Devil team and a former Cobourg Cougar.
“Dylan should provide instant energy at both ends of the ice,” said Ryan Woodward, general manager and head coach. “He is a tenacious player with high end speed.  We are excited to add Dylan and I expect him to bring offense and leadership to our hockey team.”
Burdick will also have an opportunity to affiliate with the Wellington Dukes Jr. A Hockey Club for the remainder of the season.
The Pirates are excited about the addition of overage player Ian Wallwork to the team.  Ian is a Prince Edward County native and should fit in right away in the Pirates locker room.  Wallwork brings several years of Jr. C and Jr. A experience and at 6’6 255lbs, he should be a physical force upfront.
“Ian is excited to finish his junior career in Picton,” said Woodward. “His size and strength should benefit our team in small rinks and along the boards.  Wally adds experience and character to our dressing room; I am excited to get him into the line-up as soon as possible.”
The Pirates weren’t finished adding to an already deep and strong line-up with the signing of 6’3 200lbs forward Brian Bunnett from the Wellington Dukes Jr. A Hockey Club.  Bunnett, the reigning Jr. A Top Prospect Award Winner has yet to play a game this season after suffering some significant injuries in a car accident this summer.  Brian has been rehabbing and skating for months and is closing in on a return to action.  After recording 16 goals and 17 assists in the regular season, the 18-year old Bunnett had a major role in the Dukes team that won the 2011 OJHL Buckland Cup, Dudley Hewitt Cup and appeared in the National Jr. A  Royal Bank Cup.  Bunnett finished the season on the final rankings by Central Scouting for the 2011 NHL Draft.
GM Woodward was excited about signing the young forward.
“Brian, myself and Marty Abrams from the Wellington Dukes discussed the possibility of signing with our hockey team in December.  Brian will be affiliated with the Dukes and we hope to provide him with an opportunity to get his hockey career back on track starting in Picton.  He has tremendous potential and is working very hard to get back in action in the near future.”
The Pirates roster is now set. With seven games remaining in the regular season, the first place Pirates are hoping to build some playoff momentum down the stretch.  The Pirates are back in action on the road, Tuesday January 17th in Napanee at 7:30pm, and return home to play the Amherstview Jets Thursday January 19th at 7:30pm.

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