The Superior International Junior Hockey League’s Fort Frances Lakers have traded goaltender Brandon Bodnar’s hockey rights to the SIJHL Thunder Bay North Stars for a player developmental fee so that the 19 year old Fort Frances native could start post – secondary school in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
In 31 regular season games with the Lakers, the 5’9” and 150 lbs goaltender finished the 2016 – 2017 season with a 3.08 goals against average along with a save percentage of 0.912 in 1639 minutes between the pipes including one shutout. In eight post – season match – ups with Fort Frances, Bodnar goals against average was 3.67 while the Fort Frances native had a 0.916 in 425 minutes in net for the Lakers.
Fort Frances coach Wayne Strachan told the Junior Hockey Network that “Brandon came to us in late May and asked if we could look at a possible trade to Thunder Bay so he could start his schooling and play out his last year of Junior eligibility. We obviously hate to see Brandon leave he was a big part of our team’s success in 2015 – 2016 and last year was a main reason we achieved getting to the semi-final round of the SIJHL playoffs. We wish him the best of luck and thank him for his time with the team.”