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Terriers Trade Veteran Defencemen

The Portage Terriers have traded 20-year-old defenceman Peyton Gorski to the Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL) and 20-year-old defenceman Cole Dekoninck to the Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL)  for Future Considerations.

With the MJHL officially shutdown for the season, the trades allow these players the opportunity to finish out their junior careers. The Terriers wish them the best of luck in the AJHL.

Peyton Gorski was named an assistant captain coming into his third season as a Terrier. Gorski was steady on the blue line and a team player that has played up and down the lineup. He posted 50 points in 111 games over three seasons. “Had a great start to this season playing key minutes on the back end,” says Terrier head coach and GM Blake Spiller. “Came in as a highly touted Dman but played both up front and on the back end for us. He was willing to do whatever and play whenever needed for our team. You don’t win championships without guys like Gorski.”

Cole Dekoninck was brought in from the Dauphin Kings in October in a trade that saw Layne Toder go the other way. In two games as a Terrier, Dekoninck had two goals. “Never a dull moment at the rink with Dekoninck around,” says Spiller. “I always admired the passion he brought to the rink when we played against him. Unfortunately the season was shutdown as him and Gorski together would have been both an entertaining and talented pair I was really looking forward to. One of the guys I wished I would have had the opportunity to coach a lot longer.”