The La Ronge Ice Wolves are bringing defenceman Joren Johnson back to the SJHL.
La Ronge has traded blueliner Brett Hope (1993) to the MJHL’s Dauphin Kings in exchange for Johnson (1994) and future considerations.
Following 10 appearances with the North Stars, Bechtold was then shipped to the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL.
Johnson, a native of Shoreacres, B.C., has 27 SJHL games under his belt after finishing last season with the North Stars. In 27 career games, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound blueliner has tallied two goals and nine points.
Johnson has also spent time in the BCHL, dressing in 48 games for the Trail Smoke Eaters from 2011 to 2013.
Hope was in his third season with the Ice Wolves. The 6-foot-4 rearguard was the most penalized player in the SJHL last season, racking up 171 PIMs. In 19 games this season, Hope had already spent 47 minutes in the sin bin.
La Ronge is in the midst of a four-game road trip that started Nov. 19. The Ice Wolves fell 3-2 to the Broncos before being knocked down 6-2 by the Yorkton Terriers Nov. 20. Tonight they head into Melfort to take on the Mustangs before wrapping up the road swing tomorrow in Nipawin.
These final two road games are critical ones for the Ice Wolves who have lost four consecutive games and now find themselves last in a competitive and tight Sherwood Division. The Nipawin Hawks lead the way with 26 points. The Ice Wolves find themselves six points back of Nipawin, but with two games in hand.