The Flin Flon Bombers got a bit of reinforcement Oct. 7, picking up a new forward from the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).
Flin Flon received Ryan Moon, a 1999-born player, from the BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild as part of a complicated trade that capped off the deal that shipped goalie Gabriel Waked out of town.
The trade that brought Moon to the Bombers involved five teams in three leagues. The moves began with the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs sending down defenceman Luke Gallagher to the Trail Smoke Eaters, the team the Bombers traded Waked to earlier this year. After receiving Gallagher, the Smoke Eaters traded his junior A rights to Flin Flon as part of the future considerations in the Waked trade.
At the same time, Moon was traded from Alberni Valley Bulldogs to Wenatchee Wild for future considerations. The Bombers and the Wild then traded both of their new players for each other, sending Gallagher to Wenatchee and Moon to the Bombers.
According to the Bombers’ social media accounts, the team also acquired a player development fee from the Wild in the trade.
Moon has played three seasons in the BCHL with three different teams, suiting up for Trail, the Cowichan Valley Capitals and Alberni Valley. Over 117 games in arguably Canada’s top junior A league, Moon has 19 goals and 42 points. Last year, Moon had 12 points in 28 games. Originally from Kelowna, B.C., Moon is 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. The forward has not yet played this season after recovering from offseason knee surgery.
Moon joined the team during their recent road trip, playing twice against Humboldt and Battlefords before sustaining an injury.