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Leafs acquire Doyle, Badger as franchise gears up for next season

Nelson Minor Hockey grad Curt Doyle is heading back to the Heritage City after being acquired from Castlegar by the Leafs. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The Nelson Leafs are busy gearing up for next season by making a few roster moves.

Leafs management have acquired two players while sending another off to North East Alberta.

Wednesday, the Leafs traded the playing rights of forward Tyler Nypower to the St. Paul Canadiens of the North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League in exchange for a development fee.

Nypower was a key cog in the Leafs offence last season, finishing fourth in team scoring with 12 goals and 26 assists for 38 points in 38 games for Nelson.

The six-foot, 165 pound forward, who came to Nelson from Columbia Valley Rockies, added three goals and two assists in 10 playoff games for the Leafs.

Earlier in the week, Nelson acquired two Nelson Minor Hockey products, goalie Curt Doyle and Tyler Badger in separate deals with Castlegar Rebels and Osoyoos Coyotes.

Doyle, a 20-year-old netminder, and Badger, a 16-year-old forward, both came to Nelson in exchange for development fee.

Doyle, who played five games in 2016 for Nelson, has been part of the Rebels goaltending team for the past three seasons, finishing with 3.91 goals against average in 2019.

Badger was picked up by the Coyotes following a season with the Okanagan Hockey Academy.

In 47 games last season for Osoyoos, Badger scored 10 goals while adding 13 assists for 23 points.

The Nelson Leafs begin the 2019-20 season in August with its Main Training Camp at the NDCC Arena.