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Former Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Brandon Montour has been traded from the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks to the Buffalo Sabres in a deal completed Sunday.
Anaheim selected Montour in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft (55th overall), between his first and second season with the Black Hawks. He made his NHL debut for the Ducks in December of 2016. Since then, Montour has appeared in 169 career NHL games with 16 goals and 47 assists.
“Brandon is a young, offensive-minded defenseman who can play the up-tempo style we are looking to play," noted Buffalo General Manager Jason Botterill about the 24-year-old in an announcement of the trade.
Montour was a smashing success in Waterloo during the 2013/14 season. He played in all 60 games that winter, recording 62 points (14 goals, 48 assists), ranking ninth in the United States Hockey League for players at all positions and first among defenseman. The Black Hawks won the Anderson Cup while setting a club record with 44 wins, while Montour was honored as the league’s Player and Defenseman of the Year.
In the Clark Cup Playoffs which followed, Montour helped Waterloo reach the championship series, pacing the team with 16 points (six goals, ten assists) in 12 games, including a hat trick during an April 11th win against the Sioux Falls Stampede. Returning to Waterloo the next fall, Montour notched an additional 21 points in 17 games before departing to enroll at the University of Massachusetts in time for the second semester.
This season, Montour was Anaheim’s top defensive scorer with five goals and 20 assists. He had played in all 62 Ducks games prior to the trade. Should he arrive in time to join the Sabres for their Monday road game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, he will have the opportunity to appear in as many as 83 games this season, one more than the annual schedule for any one NHL club.
Montour’s debut with the Sabres will make him the second former Waterloo player to appear in an NHL regular season game for Buffalo. Derek Whitmore took the ice for the Sabres twice in December of 2011. Montour is one of 12 Waterloo alumni to appear in an NHL game this season.
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