A Vernon hockey product is moving closer to home after being traded on NHL trade deadline day.
The Ottawa Senators packaged forward Curtis Lazar and defenceman Mike Kostka in a deal to the Calgary Flames, in exchange for defenceman Jyrki Jokipakka and a second round pick.
The 22 year old Lazar was a first round draft pick of the Senators, 17th overall, in 2013.
He had just one assist in 33 games for the Sens this season, and had a plus-minus of -10.
Lazar says he had asked the team to consider moving him.
“It was a pretty frustrating season for myself. That started with coming into camp with mononucleosis. I never really got the chance to catch my stride. I’ve kind of been playing catch-up all season, so I’m very appreciative of the Senators organization and I cant wait to get to Calgary,” Lazar told TSN.
Lazar played his junior hockey in Alberta with the Edmonton Oil Kings.
“I’m very familiar with a coach there, Dave Cameron, from his time in Ottawa, and a few other players as well, especially Alex Chiasson,” added Lazar, who spends his off-seasons in Kelowna.
Lazar told TSN he was packaging up his dog to go to the dog sitter, and was getting ready to join the Flames.