SAULT STE MARIE, Ont. - The Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds acquired world junior gold medallist Nick Ritchie in a trade with the Peterborough Petes on Wednesday.
The Greyhounds also picked up Connor Boland in the deal while Peterborough received Kyle Jenkins and four draft picks — second round 2015, third round 2017, second round 2019 and second round 2020.
Ritchie, in his fourth season in the OHL, is coming off a gold-medal performance with Canada at the world junior hockey championship in Toronto in which he scored one goal in seven games. He has two previous gold medals with the national under-18 squads at both the 2012 Ivan Hlinka memorial tournament and 2013 IIHF World U18 Championship.
Ritchie has 14 goals and 18 assists in 25 games with the Petes this season. Last year, he led Peterborough with 74 points in 61 games (39 goals and 35 assists).
The Orangeville, Ont., native was selected in the first round (10th overall) in the 2014 NHL draft by the Anaheim Ducks and signed a three-year entry-level contract in August.
Boland is in his fifth and final season in the OHL. He has three goals and eight assists in 36 games, matching his career best totals. He also served as the Petes captain this 2014-15 season.
Jenkins has five goals and 19 assists through 38 games with Sault Ste. Marie this season.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Greyhounds acquired the Kitchener Rangers' leading scorer, Justin Bailey.
Bailey, a second round selection by the Buffalo Sabres in 2013, has scored 22 goals and 19 assists in 35 games with the Rangers this season. The Greyhounds sent David Miller and a pair of second- and third-round draft picks to Kitchener to complete the deal.