It was a straight up one for one trade that delivered the Espanola Express a new passenger ahead of the 2020-2021 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season.
And Express president and general manager Jason Rapcewicz has an idea of what 2001 birth year center James Eng will bring to Espanola for the coming season.
Hailing from Mississauga, Ontario, the 5-foot-11, 170 pound Eng netted six goals, 15 assists, 21 points in 56 games for the French River Rapids as an NOJHL rookie in 2019-2020.
“James is a gifted forward who has the ability to play in a top six role,” Rapcewicz began, in summation of Eng. “His exceptional work ethic and dedication to development will be the key to his success this coming season.
“We feel that James will be a welcome addition to the train yard this year,” Rapcewicz added of Eng, who was recently acquired by the Express in exchange for fellow 2001 birth year forward Jaydyn Parnell.