Regina, SK – The Regina Pats are proud to announce the acquisition of defenceman Martin Marincin as well as a 4th and 7th round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft and a 4th in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft from the Prince George Cougars in exchange for defenceman Ricard Blidstrand, a 1st and 2nd round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft and a 5th in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

The 6’4” 187 pound native of Kosice, Slovakia is a 2nd round pick, 46th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 NHL Draft. Martin was selected by the Prince George Cougars 1st overall in the 2010 CHL Import Draft and has played for Slovakia at the past two World Junior Hockey Championships. In 2010-11 Marincin’s 56 points was 8th among WHL defencemen in scoring.

Regina Pats General Manager Chad Lang, “Martin is a big, mobile defenceman with extensive experience on the elite level that will strengthen our back end and our team overall. He will also add another element to our power play and penalty kill.”

Marincin will join the Pats in time for tomorrow’s game in Prince Albert against the Raiders.

Chad Lang will be made available for comment this afternoon at 4:00pm in front of the Pats office.


Prince George, BC – The Prince George Cougars have traded import defenceman Martin Marincin (1992 – Kosice, Slovakia.) along with three draft-picks to the Regina Pats in exchange for import defenceman Ricard Blidstrand (1992 – Stockholm, Sweden.), a first round draft pick in 2012, a second round draft pick in 2012 and a 5th round draft pick in 2013.

Ricard Blidstrand has record 13 points (three goals) through 30 games played this season with Regina. Blidstrand has also registered 16 penalty minutes and is a +4. Blidstrand has played 100 games in the Western Hockey League and has 30 career points, all with Regina.

In addition to Marincin, the Cougars are also trading a fourth round draft pick in 2012, a seventh round draft pick in 2012 and a 4th round draft pick in 2013 to complete the deal.

Marincin had four goals and 17 points through 30 games this season with the Prince George Cougars.

The Prince George Cougars wish Martin Marincin good luck as he continues his Western Hockey League career in Regina.

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