Josh Williams makes a save for the Leafs during the 2015-16 playoffs. Williams was resigned by Nelson last week. Photo: Tyler Harper

Leafs open pre-season with slew of roster moves

Nelson tied the Border Bruins 3-3 on Sunday in Grand Forks

Familiar faces scored in the Leafs’ pre-season opener but there’s no shortage of new players as Nelson continues its roster overhaul.

Sawyer Hunt scored twice and Jack Karran had a single for the Leafs, who tied the Border Bruins 3-3 in Grand Forks on Sunday.

The first game of exhibition play came after the team made several roster moves last week.

Goaltender Josh Williams has re-signed with the Leafs after playing Junior A last season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Williams made a brief appearance for Nelson during in 2015-16 with three regular season games and three more in the playoffs.

The Leafs also acquired defenceman Jordan Popoff from the North Okanagan Knights for a player development fee, while shipping forward Cooper Schroder to the Spokane Braves for a player development fee.

Popoff had two assists in 35 games last season for the Knights. Schroder meanwhile had five assists in 18 appearances last season.

Other signings included: G Quinn Yeagher; D Michael Bladon; D Austin Canete; and F David Sanchez.

Nelson plays its next exhibition game Wednesday at Castlegar. The Leafs open the regular season Sept. 8 at home to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

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