Brandon Perry has made a good first move as the new coach and general manager of the Timmins Rock. Perry has confirmed to Hockey News North that the Rock has obtained homegrown defenseman Cameron Dutkiewicz in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League trade with the Soo Thunderbirds.
Perry previously coached Dutkiewicz with the Timmins Majors of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League and he knows what he is getting in the 6-foot, 195 pound, right-hand shooting defensemen who netted nine goals, 10 assists, 19 points in 21 games for the Thunderbirds during the abbreviated 2020-2021 NOJHL season.
“We are extremely excited to have Cameron coming home to play his final year of junior hockey in front of friends and family,” Perry began. “There is obviously some familiarity having coached him two years with the Majors … he is a big strong, mobile defensemen with incredible offensive instincts.
“On top of all that he has the character we want in our dressing room,” Perry added, in further praise of the 2001 birth year defender.
In exchange for Dutkiewicz, who had requested a trade home to Timmins from the Soo, the Thunderbirds receive a player development fee.