Bears pick up Paine at trade deadline

The Kenai River Brown Bears acquired forward Jordan Paine just before Wednesday’s North American Hockey League trade deadline.

Paine, at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, comes to the Brown Bears from the Texas Tornado. He has a 1994 birthdate, which means he has two more years of junior eligibility after this year.

“He has a decent compete level, he’s very skilled and he has tons of upside,” said Nick Shackford, the Bears director of player personnel. “He should be an impact guy next year, but this year, he should contribute, too.”

Paine has just five points in 23 games for the Tornado, but Shackford said Paine has been having trouble getting ice time because the Tornado are so loaded at forward. They have four forwards averaging at least a point per game.

Paine most likely won’t play in the upcoming series against Fairbanks.

Also of note, Shackford said the rival Ice Dogs made some acquisitions.

Tayler Munson returned to the team three games ago from the United States Hockey League. Munson is committed to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and had 46 points in 55 games for the Ice Dogs last season.

At the trade deadline, the Ice Dogs added more firepower in Lawrence Cornellier and Max Birkinbine. Birkinbine comes from the USHL and had 37 points in 59 games last year for the Ice Dogs.

Cornellier comes from Odessa (Texas). He has 48 points in 43 games played this year for a team that has just six wins in the NAHL.

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