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The Crusaders have some fresh new faces for the ride after a pair of recent deals.

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Sherwood Park Crusaders Junior A Hockey Club recently announced the acquisition of two players from the BC League’s Surrey Eagles, goaltender Maximilian Prazma and forward Zack Feaver.

“We are really excited to have Max and Zack join the organization. We believe both have great character and will provide leadership and be great contributors for us next season,” Crusaders general manager Adam Sergerie said.

The biggest piece is probably Prazma.

“He’s a very appreciated goalkeeper,” said Sergerie. “He’s six-foot-five and was on the central NHL scoring list a few years ago. So he has the pedigree. When we talked to our scouting team and the goaltending coach, we felt we had to pull the trigger. We have one of the best goalie prospects of 2004 in Western Canada signed in Erick Roest. We wanted to find this 20-year-old who could come and isolate him and be a good mentor. Max is someone that everyone just raved about as a character and as someone who brings it every day in terms of his commitment to the game and his desire to improve. So we felt like it was a big wedding between Erick and Max.

Max Prazma. Photo provided

The 20-year-old from Calgary, Prazma played 36 games for the Eagles last season, posting a 17-17-0 record with a 3.09 GAA and .903 save percentage.

Sergerie is also delighted to add Feaver, a 20-year-old from Chilliwack BC, who played 36 games with the Eagles last season, registering two goals and six assists.

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“He was a very good midget player,” he said. “Everything that has come back to his forehead shows what a child of character he is. He’s a glue guy who is absolutely adored in the locker room and makes the rink fun every day. Guys like that are invaluable. Now Zack will have to come here and prove himself. He’s had two years of trying to make his way through the BCHL and we’re hoping he can come here and assert himself in our roster and get back to the player he was at the Midget level because he’s produced a lot at Midget. He had a very good year in the bubble, but for some reason last year didn’t work out for him. He wanted a change of scenery and is really excited to be a Crusader.

Zack Feaver.  Photo provided
Zack Feaver. Photo provided

Striker Ashton McNelly went the other way from Cru to Surrey.

Le Cru also recently announced the acquisition of 2004 forward Sean Williams from the Dauphin Kings.

Between the time between Dauphin and the Winnipeg Blues, Williams had eight goals and 20 points in 46 games played last season.

The move completes the Carson Cherepak trade from last year.

It’s been a busy two weeks for Cru, who have also announced the signing of new head coach and assistant GM Evan McFeeters, coming from recently crowned national champion Brooks Bandits, where he was assistant coach for the past two seasons.

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