CHARLOTTE, NC—Charlotte Checkers general manager and head coach Derek Wilkinson announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Trevor Hendrikx and forward Mike Bartlett from the Johnstown Chiefs in exchange for future considerations.
The deal was approved today, the ECHL’s trade deadline, and rounds out a pair of transactions in the last two days which included the assignment of defenseman David Urquhart to Charlotte from the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack.
Hendrikx, 24, has six goals, 19 assists and 164 penalty minutes in 43 games with Johnstown this season. He ranks second in penalty minutes among all ECHL defensemen behind T.J. Reynolds and his 25 points leads all Chiefs blueliners. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Ontario native has 28 goals, 63 assists and 567 penalty minutes in 205 career ECHL games.
He played five seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes prior to becoming a professional and was drafted twice by the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets – once in 2003 and again in 2005. In 2005-06, Hendrikx helped the Petes to an OHL championship.
Bartlett, 25, is currently with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters and has five goals and four assists in 30 games. He began the season in Johnstown where he notched 10 goals and 15 assists in 30 games before being loaned to Lake Erie in late December.
The 6-foot, 190-pound winger is in his third professional season and played four years at the collegiate level with Notre Dame.
Urquhart, 25, began the 2008-09 season with the Checkers and registered five assists in seven games. He was then called up the Wolf Pack and added six goals and eight assists in 54 games.
In 49 games in Hartford this season, the native of Thorold, Ontario has four assists and 34 penalty minutes.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Urquhart played four seasons at McGill University in Montreal where he notched 13 goals and 57 assists in 86 games while helping the Redmen to the OUA Queen’s Cup Championship in 2007-08 – his senior year.
The Checkers (33-20-7) will next host Gwinnett on Saturday for “Pink in the Rink”. The puck drops at 7 p.m. and ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4-ICE or visiting www.gocheckers.com. Season tickets for the inaugural 2010-11 AHL season are now on sale and 40-game packages start as low as $200.
Notes: The Checkers are 9-2-1 in their last 12 home games…David Marshall has four goals in the last two games…Matt Schepke leads the team with a +18 rating…Michelle Leveille has nine points (2g, 7a) in his last six games…Andrew Carroll leads the team with 24 goals and leads the ECHL with four shootout-winning goals…Julien Brouillette and Derek Couture are up with Hartford (AHL), Kenny Roche is with Providence (AHL), Ethan Graham is with Texas (AHL) while Matt Ford and Randy Rowe are with Lake Erie (AHL)…Codey Burki, Chris Chappell, Trevor Glass and Chris Snavely are on the 21-day injured reserve.