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Bucks Complete Four Player Trade With Rush

February 9, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Laredo Bucks News Release

LAREDO, TX- The Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League announced Monday that they have acquired Josh Bonar and the rights to Mickey Gilchrist from the Rapid City Rush, in exchange for Mitch Stephens and Ryan Hand. Bonar is expected to be in the line-up Tuesday morning to face his old team, Rio Grande Valley, in the Bucks Annual McDonalds Kid's Day game. Gilchrist is not expected to join the team for a couple of weeks.

The CHL trading deadline was 3pm CST Monday.

Bonar (pronounced Bah-ner), a native of Port Alberni, British Columbia, comes to the Bucks after playing in just five games for Rapid City. Last season Bonar had a solid rookie year with the Killer Bees, where he put up 38 points (21-17=38) in 63 games in the Valley.

"We saw Josh Bonar quite a bit last season when he was with Rio, and he stood out to us", said Bucks President/General Manager and Head Coach Terry Ruskowski. "We hope he can score some big goals for us here".

Prior to turning pro Bonar spent two seasons (2005-07) with Brock University (CIS), putting up 46 points (21-25=46) in 51 games.

Before his college career the 6'2'', 190 pound Bonar split time between the WHA's Kamloops Blazers (2000-02), and Vancouver Giants (2002-03), and the BHCL's Alberni Valley Bulldogs (2003-05).

Gilchrist (pronounced Gil-krist), a native of Ottawa, Ontario, had a stellar four-year career for Division III Middlbury College (NCAA), where he had 136 points in 115 games for the Panthers. His 74 goals with Middlebury ranks him fourth all-time at the school.

"Mickey Gilchrist is a top-notch player, he had a great four years with Middlebury", Ruskowski said. "We can't wait to get him over here".

Gilchrist is currently playing in Japan, and will make his way to Laredo soon.

Stephens heads to the Rush after playing just six games with the Bucks, where he put up four points (1-3=4). Stephens was acquired by the Bucks on January 28th in a trade with New Mexico. In 47 games this season with the Bucks and Scorpions Stephens had 50 points (14-36=50).

Hand missed the Bucks first 23 games this season with an injury. He was activated on December 10th and played in 22 games for Laredo, scoring two points (1-1=2) and picking up 58 PIM's.

The Bucks will start a five-game road trip this weekend, when they play Friday and Saturday in New Mexico.

Laredo will return home for the final Big Buck Thirsty Thursday of the season on February 26th, when they host Arizona at the LEC.

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