Leamington Acquires OHL Forward Amongst Trades

LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO – The Leamington Flyers have made a trio of moves to start the second half of their season, highlighted by the acquisition of Chris O’Flaherty from the Ontario Hockey league’s London Knights.


O’Flaherty was the Windsor Spitfires 4th round pick in 2021 and logged 80 games with the club before being dealt to the Niagara Ice Dogs. He was traded to London in November 2023 where he’s appeared in six games for the Knights.


The Chicago native has 10 goals and 13 assists in 132 career OHL games.


In a separate move, the Flyers brought back forward, Jason Daraiche in a deal with the Mississauga Chargers.


Daraiche played 41 games for Leamington in the 2021-22 season, scoring eight goals and adding 15 assists.


This season with Mississauga, the Leamington native has five goals and 15 assists in 34 games.


Finally, Leamington grabbed Wheatley native, Matt Thomas from the Kemptville 73s of the CCHL.


The 18-year-old defenseman has four goals and 14 points in 32 games. He played his minor hockey with the Sun County Panthers and attended A21 Hockey Academy before making the jump to the CCHL.


“We are excited to bring these guys into the fold before the roster deadline,” Flyers general manager, Justin Solcz explains. “They all have a local connection and have the experience of playing at a high level that we expect to make an impact on our lineup right away.”


To set the roster, the Flyers have sent Trey Wandall to Kemptville. Wandall played 12 games with Leamington, scoring two goals and adding an assist.


The Leamington Flyers start the 2024 portion of their schedule on Friday, January 5th, when they travel to Collingwood for a 7:00pm start. The Flyers’ next home game is Thursday, January 11th at the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre when they host the Lindsay Muskies at 7:10pm.


More information can be found on the team’s social media channels and www.leamingtonflyers.com.