TRADE: Atwell acquired from Danville for Bormanis, cash

by Casey Bryant

The Danbury Hat Tricks have made a move for blueline help, bringing in veteran defender and former Danbury Titan Aaron Atwell from the Danville Dashers in exchange for forward Kristers Bormanis and cash considerations.

Atwell, 29, has three points in eight games this season with the Dashers. The mobile defenseman is an expert puck-mover, capable of leading the breakout from end to end. Last season, Atwell put up 16 assists in 28 FPHL games, plus spent time with the Peoria Rivermen in the SPHL.

Atwell helped lead the Danbury Titans to the Commissioner's Cup Final in 2015-16, posting 18 points in 40 games. He now rejoins Phil Bronner, Steve Brown and Martin Tuma, who also played on that team.

"Aaron gives us the veteran offensive experience on the blueline that we needed," head coach and general manager Billy McCreary noted. "He knows how to play and how to win at this level, he knows what this city expects of him, and we're very excited to see what he can do for us this season."

"Obviously we wish Kristers [Bormanis] all the best going forward," he added.

Bormanis, 22, had a goal and three assists in seven games with the Hat Tricks.

Atwell is expected to be ready to join the team in time for this weekend's home set against the Battle Creek Rumble Bees. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.