Defenseman Patrick Rochon the last original Sea Wolves player remaining from the 1996-97 season has been traded to the New Orleans Brass for future considerations. The 26-year-old Ste-Martine, Quebec native holds the team record of 332 career games played over five seasons and is the Sea Wolves all-time assists leader with 134.
Coach Bob Woods said, "It was definitely a tough decision, not only hockey wise but personally. Patrick and I are good friends and we won the Kelly Cup Championship together in 1999. It wasn't easy trading him to division rival New Orleans, but it was more of a favor to Patrick, so that he could continue to live on the Coast."
Sea Wolves General Manager Jean Gagnon said, "It was probably the toughest player decision since the trade of Vashi Nedomansky. With the affiliations we have this year (Montreal Canadiens, Quebec Citadelles, Phoenix Coyotes and Springfield Falcons) and the players they have sent us, we thought it would be best for Rochon to stay on the coast and keep playing hockey. I feel that we made the best decision for Patrick and the Sea Wolves organization."
On Saturday Rochon will play against his former teammates for the first time when the Sea Wolves battle the Brass in New Orleans beginning at 7:05 p.m.
Coach Woods and his 2 and 0 Sea Wolves open a three game weekend series beginning Friday night at Jackson, travel to New Orleans Saturday and entertain the Pensacola IcePilots 6:05 p.m. Sunday in the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.