Bomber Marchi inks Division III scholarship deal

Bombers make deal for 18-year-old forward Raymond

Graduating Bomber forward Daylan Marchi has found the next stop on his hockey journey. He will join the Marian University Sabres in Wisconsin next season.

The Sparwood, B.C. native will play for the school’s team next season in NCAA Division III, according to an announcement by the Bombers August 6. Marchi joins the same team that former Bomber and current assistant coach Cole McCaig played with for four seasons.

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In his final season of junior hockey, Marchi finished with 52 points in 57 regular games, including 21 goals, before adding nine points in nine playoff games. Marchi, who served as an assistant captain last season, was acquired by the Bombers at the January trade deadline in 2017, playing parts of three seasons in Flin Flon. He scored 88 total points while spending time on each of the Bombers’ four forward lines and played both power play and penalty kill minutes. 

Along with prolific goal-scorer Brandson Hein, Marchi was the only graduating player in the Bombers’ top 10 scorers who had not signed a scholarship offer.

Trade

Add another player to this year’s Bomber roster - say hello to forward Matt Raymond, an 18-year-old coming to the Flon from the AJHL’s Drumheller Dragons.

Raymond, originally from Camrose, Alta., was acquired by the Bombers August 8 in a trade with the Dragons, who received a player development fee (PDF) in the deal.

Last year, Raymond made his junior A debut with the Lloydminster Bobcats, playing two games for the team alongside former Bomber forward Brody Madarash. Raymond was then sent down to the midget AAA Leduc Oil Kings, where he scored four points in four games, including three goals.

From there, Raymond joined the Dragons, playing 16 regular season games and tallying two goals, three assists and 37 penalty minutes. Raymond also suited up for five playoff games, scoring no points.

“We're happy to acquire Matt, who has half a year of junior experience and plays a physical game. He's a team guy that is willing to do whatever it takes to win. Matt will make us tougher to play against, which has been our goal this offseason," said Bombers head coach and general manager Mike Reagan in a statement released by the team.

Raymond’s deal makes it a grand total of 11 new faces acquired by the Bombers this offseason. Along with defenders Jack Craycroft and Cole Vardy, the team has either traded for or announced commitments for forwards Bryce Anderson, ex-Brandon Wheat Kings midget captain Drayson Collyer, twin brothers Chase and Easton Haygarth, former Manitoba midget star Mason Kaspick, diminutive Quebecois scorer Tristan Lemyre, former affiliated player Shayde Peterson and Colorado-born player Zack Purcell.

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