Whalers Acquire Local Product Aleardi from Bulls
Compuware youth alum comes from Belleville for two second-round draft choices
PLYMOUTH – Plymouth Whalers President, General Manager and Head Coach Mike Vellucci announced the acquisition of 18-year-old center Alex Aleardi (Farmington Hills) from the Belleville Bulls in exchange for a pair future second-round draft choices – one in 2012 and one in 2013.
Aleardi is a graduate of the Compuware Youth program who was originally selected by the Kitchener Rangers in the third round (43rd overall) in the 2008 Ontario Hockey League Draft. After playing in 2008-09 for the Rangers, Aleardi came to Belleville last season in a trade for Matt Tipoff and a first round Import selection.
Aleardi enjoyed his best offensive season in the OHL last year split between Kitchener and Belleville, scoring 16 goals with 25 assists for 41 points in 64 games. In all, Aleardi has scored 21 goals with 31 assists for 52 points and 128 penalty minutes in 129 career games.
He scored five goals in a preseason game on September 12 for Belleville in a 5-4 victory over Kingston and was the league-leader in preseason play with seven goals in six games.
“We are very familiar with Alex,” Vellucci said. “We’ve already seen him play here at Compuware Arena. It’s great to be able to bring him back home.”
Aleardi and the Whalers are preparing for the start of the 2010-11 season, which begins for Plymouth on Thursday in Windsor against the two-time Memorial Cup champion Spitfires (7pm, WSDP 88.1FM). After playing in London on Friday, the Whalers host Barrie in the home opener on Saturday at 7:05pm at Compuware Arena.
Tickets for all events are on sale now by calling 734-453-8400 or visiting the Compuware Arena Box Office. For information on Whalers ticket packages or to plan a group event for the 2010-11 season, visit plymouthwhalers.com or call 734-453-8400.