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Blades trade for forward

By Chris Umpierre
Fort Myers News Press

The Florida Everblades traded for a player with NHL bloodlines Friday.

The Blades acquired forward Mathieu Melanson from the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder in exchange for financial and future considerations. The 6-foot, 198-pounder is the son of former goaltender Roland “Rollie” Melanson, who played on six NHL teams from 1980-92.

Mathieu Melanson will be entering his first full professional season in 2007-08 after making his pro debut with the Thunder last season. The 22-year-old impressed in his first pro action, notching 26 points (14 goals) in 17 games with Stockton. Melanson also chipped in three assists in six playoff games last season.

“Mathieu is a strong, two-way player who plays hard at both ends of the ice, and we expect he'll be a big part of our team,” Blades coach Gerry Fleming said.

Prior to the 2006-07 campaign, Melanson spent four seasons at the junior level with the Chicoutimi Saguenees and Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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