Dashers Sign Quintos, Trade for Elmira's Atkins
Being one of the top teams in the hotly contested Western Division of the Federal Professional Hockey League hasn't stopped the Danville Dashers from making their fair share of roster moves.
In a league dependent on how well you adjust to call-ups, trades and other factors you can't quite control, the Dashers have been on the look to make their already-solid roster just a bit more effective, making strategic trades to bring in new players in the still-young season.
In the recent days, the Dashers have brought in Mitch Atkins from the Elmira Enforcers in exchange for forward Tanner Hildebrandt, and signing forward Tyler Quintos, a talented scorer with a history of solid point tallies in impressive leagues around the world.
Hildebrandt had 12 points in his 11 games played with the Dashers so far this season after being signed in the offseason, collecting eight goals and four assists.
"I just felt like we needed to shake things up a bit up front, we need more balanced scoring and bringing in a guy like Mitch gives us a fresh look," said coach Ray Tremblay, also adding that Atkins brings in some much-needed skill. "Tanner was good for us, but he just needed a change of scenery."
Atkins comes to the Dashers after scoring 45 points in 37 games played for the Elmira Enforcers last season and notching a current tally of five points this year in just six games played, with three goals and two assists. The Kitchener, Ontario native played with several junior hockey leagues, multiple times averaging more than one point per game, and played a big role last season with Elmira, before coming to the Dashers.
"I'm very excited at the opportunity to put on the Dashers jersey and play in front of the amazing fans here in Danville," Atkins stated ahead of the upcoming weekend homestand. "I'm thrilled to join an organization with a winning culture and a long history of success. Can't wait to hit the ice this weekend with my new teammates!"
Quintos, the 24-year old forward from Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada comes to the Dashers having scored 44 points in 55 games played from 2017-2019 in the Swedish second division, where he played for Vikings HC and Astorps IK, tallying a combined 44 points in 55 games played. Quintos played in the GTHL and the GMHL before heading overseas, tallying a career 1.8 points per game in the GMHL from 2015-2017.
"I'm very happy to have landed Quintos. He's a dynamic player with good speed and skill and should slot in nicely with our group up front to help out with our offensive output," Tremblay added about Quintos.
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