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Spruce Kings Acquire Sutter from Thunder for Sam De Melo

The Prince George Spruce Kings would like to announce they have acquired 1997 defenceman Nick Sutter from the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) in exchange for 1998 defenceman Sam De Melo.

The 6’2” 210 pound Sutter is from Spruce Grove, Alberta. Sutter started his junior career with the Olds Grizzlys in the 2015/16 season posting four goals and 10 assists for 14 points in 44 games. He would duplicate the feat last year with the Drayton Valley Thunder again scoring four goals and 10 assists in 44 games. Sutter played his midget hockey for the St. Alberts Raiders where in two seasons he had five goals and 12 assists in 60 games.

Sam De Melo was acquired last offseason in a trade from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. In his first year with the Spruce Kings, the Kelowna native had two goals and 10 assists in 52 games.

“We’re excited to add Nick to our team. He’s a big strong veteran defenceman who will provide leadership on and off the ice, and will be looked upon to be a steadying influence on our back end. A lot of our success last season started from our veteran defencemen. By adding Nick, we are closer to having our group of Dmen where we want it to be,” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes. “We would also like to thank Sam for his time with our team. Sam is a great person and player, and he will be missed by our group”

The Spruce Kings would like to welcome Nick and his family, and thank Sam for his time with the team, and wish him the best with the Thunder organization.