Cordell James, former captain of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Attack Acquire Cordell James from Barrie

In a flurry of trade activity in the OHL yesterday ahead of the Overage Trade Deadline, the Owen Sound Attack acquired centre Cordell James from the Barrie Colts.

The Hamilton native played in 66 games in 2015-16, scoring 19 goals and chalking up 25 assists for 44 points. He was named captain of the team in September.

In a release on the Attack’s website, general manager Dale DeGray says: “Cordell is a big bodied forward with skill that can create space on the ice in multiple ways. He gives us another offensive option and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring him into the fold.”

In exchange for James, the Attack sent a fourth round pick in 2018 OHL Priority Selection to Barrie.

In order to make the deal happen, the AttackĀ traded overage forward Justin Brack to the Niagara Ice Dogs in exchange for an 11th round pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

In a release on the Attack’s website, DeGray called trading Brack a tough decision because he’s played his entire OHL career in Owen Sound.

“Justin is the heart and soul type of player that every team wants,” he said. “He’s a tremendous young man that gave everything he had to this organization and we can’t thank him enough for his contributions to the team over the last four years.”

During his time with the Attack, Brack appeared in 231 games and scored 18 goals while adding 33 assists for 51 points.

James is expected to make his debut for the Attack on tomorrow night when the Guelph Storm visit the Harry Lumley Bayshore.