Just prior to being dealt to the Soo Greyhounds for three draft picks earlier this week, 2001 birth year defenseman Billy Constantinou had asked the Kingston Frontenacs to trade him.
And Kingston was quick to act on the trade request of the 6-foot-1, 190-pound, right-handed shooting defender, shipping him to the Soo for a third-round pick and two fourth-rounders.
Constantinou was with Kingston for parts of two seasons after being acquired by the Frontenacs from the Niagara IceDogs a year ago. He was taken by Niagara in the second round of the 2017 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft before being traded to Kingston in a blockbuster trade that featured four players and 11 draft picks.
A rushing defenseman, Constantinou was seen as a key cog in the Kingston rebuild project only to ask for a trade this past weekend.
“He didn’t feel he was happy here, so we discussed it and both sides agreed it was better to move on,” Kingston general manager Darren Keily told Postmedia.
In that Constantinou was playing a regular shift for the Frontenacs this season and was on the No. 1 power-play unit, the trade request caught Keily off guard.
“He felt he should have been probably playing more … I don’t know how much more he could have played,” Keily noted.
In all, Constantinou played in 52 games with the Frontenacs and scored seven goals, 17 assists, 24 points.
He made his debut with the Greyhounds on Wednesday night and scored a goal in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Saginaw Spirit.
Greyhounds general manager Kyle Raftis sees Constantinou as a long-term addition to the Soo squad.
“Billy is a talented, smooth-skating, highly-skilled defenseman,” Raftis began. “Adding Billy to our defensive corps was not only important for this season, but we see him playing a key role in the future.
“We look forward to watching him adjust to our style of play while adding another element to our blue line,” Raftis added.