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North Stars, Bandits strike a deal

July 22, 2008

One way or another, defenseman Travis White was destined to become a Traverse City North Star.  The team originally selected the Sterling Heights, Mich., native in the 2006 NAHL Entry Draft, and re-acquired White in a trade with the St. Louis Bandits in exchange for forward Clinton Bourbonais, an Air Force Academy recruit.

“We graduated four of our top defensemen and we’ve been working all summer to restock,” explained Stars coach-GM Anthony Palumbo. “We had to give a quality player to get one, and we like what Travis brings to the table.  He’s a tough, gritty defenseman who plays with an edge, is very good on the penalty kill, and was an integral part of a team that just won a national championship.”

White, a 5-foot-7, 170-pound blueliner, came up through the Honeybaked and Victory Honda midget programs before spending 2007-08 with St. Louis.  He had a goal and eight assists in 47 regular-season games with the Robertson Cup champions to go with 57 penalty minutes and a plus-20 rating.

“It was tough to part with a player like Travis,” said Bandits coach-GM Regg Simon. “But Traverse City wanted some experience on defense and we need depth upfront.

“I know Travis will be a great fit there and we wish him the best of luck.”

The Stars’ fifth-round pick (67th overall) in 2006, White was also drafted by the Lincoln (Neb.) Stars in the 2008 USHL draft.

Bourbonais, a native of Colchester, Conn., registered seven goals and 23 assists in 54 contests last season, good enough for fourth among TC skaters.

“Clinton is an intelligent player that has a lot of tools to work with,” said Simon. “We feel he can play our style of hockey and develop into a good two-way player that can be responsible at both ends of the ice.”

ALASKA, SPRINGFIELD MAKE TRADE: The Alaska Avalanche has traded defenseman KC Kranz to the Springfield Jr. Blues in exchange for goaltender Garrett Tinkham.

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