Royals send Masella to Raiders in exchange for Jerome

Jonathon Howe/Prince Albert Raiders


The Victoria Royals made their second trade of the day Thursday afternoon, acquiring 1999-born forward D-Jay Jerome from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for 1999-born defenceman Jeremy Masella.

“Both players are looking for fresh starts,” said Curtis Hunt, general manager of the Raiders, in a team release. “We appreciate everything that D-Jay has done for the Club on and off the ice. He was a good Raider.”

In Jerome, the Royals acquire a 6-foot-2, 180-pound forward who will provide depth to the team upfront. Originally listed by the Red Deer Rebels in 2016, the product of Lethbridge, Alta., has tallied 17 points (8G-9A) in 86 career WHL games split between Red Deer and Prince Albert.

As for Masella, he brings incredible size to the backend for the Raiders. The 6-foot-5, 214-pound product of Phoenix, Ariz., was originally listed by the Royals in 2015. Over 63 career WHL games with Victoria, he has registered eight points (3G-5A).

The trade marks the second of the day for Royals’ general manager Cameron Hope, who earlier announced the acquisition of import forward Andrei Grishakov from the Calgary Hitmen.

Sitting third in the B.C. Division, the Royals continue their push for the WHL Playoffs on Friday (7 p.m. PT) when they host the surging Everett Silvertips.

As for the Raiders, they remain seven points out of an Eastern Conference wildcard position and will host the Kootenay ICE on Friday (7 p.m. ST) in hopes of closing that gap.

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