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Sting add footwork, speed and leadership with trade deadline trio

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Troy Shantz

The Sarnia Sting have added more firepower to their lineup following a flurry of trades last week.

The Sting added forwards Michael Pezzetta and Jonathan Ang as well as defensemen Cam Dineen, just days before the OHL trade deadline on Jan. 10.

“These moves were made to give our group the best chance possible, to go as far as possible, and hopefully bring a championship to the city,” said Sting general manager Nick Sinclair.

Pezzetta comes from the Sudbury Wolves where he scored 40 goals in 214 games.

“He’s a warrior on the ice… plays with a lot of grit,” said Sinclair of the Montreal Canadiens draft pick.

“He’s got tremendous leadership qualities… a real presence about him.”

In return, Sudbury acquired defensemen Ethan Lavallee as well as a 2nd round draft pick in 2019 and 2023, and a conditional 4th round draft pick in 2019.

Jonathan Ang, a 4th round draft pick of the Florida Panthers, comes from the Peterborough Petes, where he scored 73 goals and 98 assists in 213 games.

“The first thing fans will notice about him is how quick he is,” said Sinclair. “He can really fly on the ice; one of the fastest players in the league.”

In return, forward Brady Hinz heads to Peterborough, along with a 2nd round pick in 2020 and a 3rd round pick in 2022.

Cam Dineen, a third-round pick of the Arizona Coyotes arrives from the North Bay Battalion, where he scored 109 points in 136 games with the club.

Sinclair noted Dineen’s footwork, quickness and overall understanding of the game will make him an asset on the blue line.

“He’s one of the elite defenders in the entire OHL,” he said. “He’s a guy that plays in all situations.”

In return, North Bay received defensemen Braden Henderson as well as a 2nd round pick in 2019 and 2021, 4th round picks in 2019 and 2020, a 6th round pick in 2022, and two conditional draft picks.

Sinclair said all of the new acquisitions are 19-years-old, which means they may not be in the line-up for next season should they be called to their respective NHL clubs.

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