Raiders Pick Up Campbell, Thompson From Hawks

by Tommy Young

Nepean, ON – The Nepean Raiders have completed a trade with the Hawkesbury Hawks, acquiring 2006-born forward Deklyn Campbell and 2006-born defenceman Spencer Thompson in exchange for a Player Development Fee.

Campbell, born in Russell, Ontario, has spent the last three years in the Hawks system, graduating full-time to the Jr. A level this past season. Playing in all but one game last year, Campbell picked up four goals and added seven assists for 11 points, and added a goal and an assist in five playoff games as well. Campbell has shown tons of offensive upside, as in his 72 U18 games the previous two seasons he racked up 40 goals and 22 assists, plus a further seven playoff goals. The young sniper will bring energy, speed, and a goal-scorer’s touch to the Raiders offence.

Thompson, like Campbell, also hails from Russell and has spent the previous three seasons in the Hawkesbury system. Suiting up for 52 games on the Hawks blueline in his rookie year, Thompson provided excellent two-way play and contributed 11 assists for the Hawks, as well as a pair of assists in the playoffs. In his 66 games with the Hawks U18 team, Thompson had 8 goals and 29 assists for 37 points, plus three more assists in 8 playoff games. The right-handed defenceman brings versatility and strength to the Raiders defence corps.

Raiders general manager Lino Dixon was very excited about the pickup of these two young players:

“We are extremely excited to welcome two experienced players to our group. I have personally watched both players since their OHL draft year and see them as valuable pieces to a winning team in the CCHL. Today is another step forward for the Nepean Raiders.”

Welcome to Nepean, Deklyn and Spencer!