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Winterhawks acquire two 20-year-olds


TUESDAY SPORTS NEWS/Veteran D-man, injured forward added, Hobson traded away; WR Jalen Brown leaving Ducks; PSUs Bolston earns Big Sky honor


The Portland Winterhawks acquired 20-year-old defenseman Shaun Dosanjh and traded away 17-year-old defenseman Jake Hobson in separate moves ahead of Tuesday's Western Hockey League trade deadline.

Portland also acquired 20-year-old forward Matt Revel off waivers from Kamloops.

The Hawks sent a ninth-round pick in this year's bantam draft to Lethbridge for Dosanjh.

For Hobson, Portland received a fifth-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft from Swift Current.

Portland is Dosanjh's fourth WHL team this season. He started the season with Prince George (four games) was claimed off waivers first by Kamloops (14 games) then Lethbridge (12 games).

The Richmond, B.C., native spent parts of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons with the Vancouver Giants. Counting seven playoff games, Dosanjh has played in 161 WHL games, scoring three goals and adding 10 assists.

Winterhawks VP/GM/coach Mike Johnston said Dosanjh adds experience to the defense.

"He's got experience. He's a high-character guy. That's what I like about him," Johnston said. "He's a defensive defenseman, good penalty killer, adds some size."

Dosanjh is expected to be availble for Portland's home games on Friday and Saturday against Spokane.

Hobson was in and out of the lineup this season and Johnston said he was traded to Swift Current to give him a better chance for playing time.

Revel is currently recovering from a collar bone injury. Johnston said it will take some time to determine if Revel, in his fifth WHL season, will recover in time to play this season.

The addition of Dosanjh and Revel gives Portland the maximum of three overage players. They join team captain Keegan Iverson as the team's 20-year-olds.

Johnston said several big trades around the league raised the price of acquiring proven players.

"If you were trying to acquire a player the prices were high and our intent all year has been to stick with our young guys, play our young guys," Johnston said. "And really as a team we've been getting better and better every month."

While the U.S. Division teams were quiet at the deadline, B.C. Division-leader Prince George was busy.

Prince George swapped both of its import players, adding Slovakian forward Radovan Bondra from the Vancouver Giants and Russian forward Nikita Popugaev from Moose Jaw.

Last week Everett traded for 20-year-old defenseman Aaron Irving to bolster a defense that is the league's best. Irving was captain of the Edmonton Oil Kings this season.

In the East, the Regina Pats added to an already deep squad by trading for defenseman Josh Mahura (an Anaheim Ducks draft pick) and forward Jeff de Wit. Regina is currently atop the Canadian Hockey League rankings of the top 10 teams in major junior hockey.


Receiver Jalen Brown announced on Tuesday that he plans to transfer away from Oregon to play his final two seasons of college football.

Brown is on track to graduate in June and as a graduate transfer will be eligible to play right away at his new school. On social media he announced he is evaluating programs and wants to earn a masters degree.

After redshirting as a freshman, Brown played in 25 games over the last two seasons, catching 26 passes for 407 yards and four touchdowns.


Ashley Bolston of Portland State has been named Big Sky women's player of the week.

The sophomore guard from South Medford scored a career- and game-high 29 points in the Vikings' first conference victory of the season, an 88-86 win at Sacramento State on Saturday.

She was 12 of 18 from the field, with six rebounds, six assists and four steals in 37 minutes.