(Ottawa, ON) – General Manager Warren Rychel has traded forward Logan Brown and defenceman Austin McEneny to the Kitchener Rangers.

In return, the Spitfires get defenceman Grayson Ladd and a package of draft picks: Saginaw’s 2nd in 2018, Kingston’s 2nd in 2019, Saginaw’s 3rd in 2018 and Kitchener’s 5th in 2019.

Ladd, a 6’1, 162-pound native of Kent Bridge, Ontario (Chatham region), was Kitchener’s first-round pick (#13 overall) in the 2017 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

“Once again, this is a hard deal to make,” Rychel said. “But there’s no sense in doing this (rebuilding) unless you go the whole way.”

Rychel says the trade makes sense for both clubs and both players.

“Brownie will be playing pro hockey next year and Mac will be out of the league and looking for pro work. The Rangers really wanted both of these guys and we feel like we got a great young prospect and more valuable high picks.”

Rychel says Ladd is a great addition to a young defensive core that already includes the likes of Louka Henault, Thomas Stevenson, Nathan Staios and Connor Corcoran.

“Being from the Chatham area, Grayson is a kid we’ve seen a lot over the last couple years. He’s got so many tools to work with.”

“This deal helps put us on track to focus on developing young players and to being strong year after year. That’s what you hope our fans understand. As great as last year’s Memorial Cup title was, it’s time to move forward.”

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